I’m great friends with two people, one’s a Calvinistic Protestant of some sort and the other’s Presbyterian (The Presbyterian guy is amazingly awesome, but that’s a question for another thread…)
So, they cared about me enough and were interested enough to ask me what I was going to do for Lent (separate conversations, fyi). I said I was going to make sure I had time to read and study the Bible for at least 10 minutes a day, but will push to spend more time on it. Presby guy then said something like, “as a Protestant I have a hard time understanding the Catholic concept of sacrifice, but that’s a really good idea!”
I said thanks and we ended up talking about religion again (again, amazing conversations that never degrade into pettiness). But I wish I could have known an appropriate response for this statement, and for the situation. Something like, “oh, we do it because of such and such” and then move on slightly, so as to not make him uncomfortable.
I relayed this to my best friend, the Calvinistic Protestant, and she was like, “I have a hard time understanding that and Catholic bishops and stuff like that, too.”
So, any thoughts? (I learn about their religions too…but I have to be more careful with my bf. Presby guy I’m careful around too, but we’re able to really discuss some things so long as we respect each others’ faith.