Explaining the Catholic Faith to semi-curious Non-Catholics.

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Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you. - Proverbs 9:8

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you. – Proverbs 9:8

The other day during work I had a discussion of religion with a coworker. 

It had been awhile since someone had been asking me about questions concerning Catholicism. What was humorous about this discussion is that my coworker didn’t know I was Catholic til about half way through the conversation, haha!
I love it when people bash on Catholics in front of me without realizing my religion because I honestly just take it with a grain of salt. I used to be the same way (but let’s save that for another blog post!). The way I look at it, they bash and speak poorly about Catholics because they just really don’t fully understand how deep and touching the faith is. So, I try to explain and answer their questions to the best of my ability. 

What I noticed, however is that my coworker had several questions. She mentioned her curiousness about where one would be able to find out about praying to saints in the bible. So, with the best my memory could muster up, I attempted to answer her. (By the way, if you want to know why Catholics pray to saints there an article that explains why here.) When she got her answer, she seemed a little disgruntled. 
She asked a few other questions that I don’t remember. All I really got from our conversation what that she wasn’t ‘buying’ it. But there were other factors that were brought up that got me thinking a little deeper about her situation. 

There was something mentioned about how she hadn’t gone to church in 2 years because she didn’t enjoy the pastor and viewed him as someone who shouldn’t be in a higher position. Also the view she had of Martin Luther was, in my opinion, a little skewed. Like most protestants, she believed that if you just believe in Jesus Christ that you would be saved. But what struck me the most about our conversation is that even though she asked many questions she never fully accepted my answers for her. 

I’ve realized that over time that sometimes as Catholics we can fully explain and answer others in either detailed or simplified ways. I mean, we have a freaking reference book for our church! It is a book that is fully detailed and outlined every single aspect of our religion instituted by Jesus Christ himself! But sometimes people are just not going to accept your answers. Some people can question all they want and receive an answer they were asking for, but they are not open to fully accepting that answer because it doesn’t go along with their picture (whatever that may be).

I’m sorry, but no matter what your opinion is you can’t tell me that as a believer of Jesus Christ that He would build a faulty church. 

When people ask you the same questions over and over about the Catholic faith, don’t be short tempered with them. If they don’t accept your answer, it’s alright. At least they have enough questioning about it to even ask in the first place! It’s God trying to prepare them for something greater than themselves. It all starts with a question. It all starts with a desire to want to know the truth and we must be patience with others when doing so. It’s not always easy to be that way when others are kicking down your faith but that is why we must be strong! You can never go wrong with the truth of Jesus Christ by your side! 

Have you guys, as Catholics, realized this as well? Do you have any thoughts or suggestions about this? Let me know!

Til then. God bless! 

– Carleigh

Kleancolor nail polish: Grape Parade & other tacky polishes.

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Hi guys! 
Today (or, uh, rather this morning since I’m typing this up at 1:41 AM) I have a review of the Kleancolor nail polishes I found on sale at my local Walgreens! 

If you’ve ever tried Kleancolor, they have a variety of polishes. I was only interested in this brand because they were on sale for 99 cents at Walgreens the other day when I shopped there. I picked up three beautiful colors! Because what girl doesn’t need more nail polish? (You guys, I seriously have too much polish. But let’s keep that our little secret, shall we?) 

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The colors I picked up, from right to left, is Grape Parade, Sensual Lagroon, and Blueberry Drama. In the photo that all look really dark, but the picture really doesn’t do it justice. Each shade is a deep, gorgeous color that I think would look good on all nails. Grape Parade and Blueberry Drama are scented polishes while Sensual Lagoon is an opaque matte polish. 

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The Cons

  • The scented nail polishes smell SO BAD when you first open them. I about died when I initially opened the bottles because the scent was so strong! I definitely don’t care for scented nail polish. I mean… if you want to wear scent why not just buy a perfume? It doesn’t make sense to me. 
  • For some reason on my bottle of Grape Parade I had some nail polish dry on the outside of the bottle? Like the part that the lid screws onto the bottle? And because of it it made it a little tricky to open. Not a huge problem but I wouldn’t want to have to deal with that each time I wanted to open the bottle. 

The Pros

  • I really do think these are amazingly beautiful shades. The Grape Parade shade can look like a deep purple in some lights but then appear navy in others. I really do enjoy when nail polishes can appear like different colors. 
  • It only takes 2 coats on the nail for your nail to be completely covered! 
  • The price was awesome! Can’t beat 99 cents! 
  • The opaque matte Sensual Lagoon polish was my favorite color and I like that it dried matte. I just need to learn how to get it to not have so many streaks in it. 

Has your local Walgreens been selling these for a discounted price? Are there other colors I should try out? What’s you favorite shade? Let me know! 

Til then. God bless!

– Carleigh