I know the feeling.
Then we pray that the seed will take root.
Yeah, it makes sense. I prayed about that a great deal in the past.
Well you know what they say about advice, everybody’s got some.
One day, I had just gotten a new job and I was a bit lost. Orientation hadn’t been that informative, so I was just kind of wandering around trying to figure out where I’d fit in. Everybody seemed to be busy but I saw three guys who were just standing around talking so I gravitated towards them. As I got closer I noticed that one of them was waving his right arm wildly and I got the impression that he was ridiculing the sign of the Cross. I was right, as I got closer I heard him ridiculing Catholic traditions such as holy water, kneeling to pray in Church and other things. The two other guys were just standing there silently, not saying a word. I got right in his face and I said, “I’m Catholic you want to know anything, just ask me.”
He was caught a bit off guard but he asked, “Why do you wave your hand in front of your face like this?” He ridiculed the sign of the Cross. I corrrected him and showed him how to do it correctly and explained it is because “we preach Christ crucified and we always keep before us that Christ was crucified for our sins.”
Then he ridiculed our custom of putting holy water on our forehead and asked why we “wet our face?” I answered that we remember our baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit because in baptism we were buried with Jesus and arose from the waters a new man in Christ.
Then he asked why we kneel when we aproach the pews and kneel when we pray and I answered, “Because we humble ourselves before God who said, he who is humble will be exalted but he who exalts himself will be humbled.”
Well the fella just got upset and stormed off. The other two were still standing there quietly. One of them, the bigger one, turned to me and asked, “Do you know who that was?”
I answered, “No, its my first day on the job.”
He replied, “I hate to break it to you, but that was your foreman.”
The other guy said, “We know who’s getting all the sh-- jobs today.”
And they walked off.
Anyway, sometimes we do it to defend our faith, sometimes to convert the person we are talking to and sometimes so that others may hear the answers and know that the Catholic Church has the fullness of Truth.
Have a blessed day,
Did you have the bad jobs that day? Just curious. Did the foreman ever come back to you about your faith? Have you invited him to Mass?
Seems to me that the purpose of discussions between Protestants and Catholics is to build a foundation of trust and to bring them home. You see I was a beligerent (spelling?) Protestant with all sorts of false ideas until God kept chipping away at my faith (ideology and understanding) with various different Catholics. Not one, no one would plant the seed, one would water and another would gather in the seed. It took years and lots of arguments and some serious apologetics for me to come home, but home I’ve come.
God grant you the humility to talk to the Foreman again and say, now that you know some, come learn more.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam