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

Standard
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

Advertisements

Defending The Faith.

Standard

As Catholics we are constantly challenged by the world to prove ourselves and our Church. When starting this blog it never hit me that I would have to actually do this. Defend and protect. It is called in our sacrament of confirmation to do this but I was unsure if God would ever really throw those challenges in my direction. None the less, He seemed to throw a curve ball my way!

When publishing my first post, my introduction, I received a comment. The e-mail popped up in my account and I was apprehensive whether to approve it or not. I’m one not to shelter away from opinions, so I thought I’d make a whole blog post about it! The comment went like this (word for word, I may add):

“well if your touting cataholic dogmas on your blog,, then i seriously doubt as to whether there will in fact be anything useful on your blog at all,, except to those that are just as deceived as you are..!!”

Upon reading this several thoughts jumbled into my head.

  1. I wonder why this person disagrees with the Catholic faith?
  2. I’m fairly sure I am not deceived by anything.
  3. The term ‘useful’ is always left up to the opinion of the person.

It does not bother me that this user has their opinion and wishes to speak their mind online. In fact, I am always open to discussion of Catholicism and I’m glad they felt comfortable enough to leave a comment! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and each opinion should be respected in it’s own way. However, there is only one truth. As Catholics we are not trying to convince anyone or trying to persuade them into converting, we are only informing. That is our job as Catholics and this is what God calls us to do (Mark 16:15).

If you don’t believe in God, that’s fine. If you do and don’t agree with Catholic teachings, that’s fine as well. Catholics, however, are not going to stop just because of this. We will continue to preach to non-believers and believers alike because that is what Jesus Christ instructed that we do.
Believe it or not, Catholics are suppose to evangelize as well.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? – Romans 10:14

We as Catholics can defend our faith in many ways. With the Catechism of the Catholic Church (which is all scripture sited, by the way), the Bible, and historical accounts. People may try to persuade me otherwise but because of the amount of proof the Catholic Church has it was the main reason that I decided to convert!

Here is a really informational video from Catholic Answers that I found that I think would be helpful to other Catholics.

If you’re a Catholic who actively has to defend the Church, you are in my prayers! We need more people who will stand up and correctly inform others of our beliefs! And do not give up!

“There are not more than 100 people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive to be the Catholic Church.” – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

God bless!

– Carleigh

Hello & Welcome!

Standard

Hi guys! 

10418318_10152511984469192_3349763149231414741_n

This is my friend Paige (on the left) & I! She’s pretty awesome.

Let me introduce myself… I’m Carleigh and this is my blog: The Thrifty Catholic! I’m so glad you could stumble upon my blog and hopefully you’ll be able to obtain some useful information on here! 
This blog will kind of be a cluster of things ranging from religion, lifestyle, reviews, and other miscellaneous things going on in my life. So, in a sense, this blog represents myself. 

But first, here are 10 facts about myself. 

  1. I converted to Catholicism over the past year of my life. I came home to the Church and was finally baptism, confirmed, and had my first communion on April 19th, 2014. God is great! 
  2. I am a college student majoring in Communications (currently) and my goal is to work for some sort of non-profit organization! Fingers crossed! 
  3. I really love reviewing products and giving my opinion on things. Like, a lot. 
  4. My favorite bible verse is 2 Timothy 1:7. For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.
  5. I am left handed! 
  6. I adore thrift shopping and getting really good deals! I am a bit frugal but I love shopping, so thrifting suits me very well! 
  7. My nail polish collection is HUGE. Well, in my opinion it’s huge. I would say I’m happily addicted to nail polish. 
  8. Fall is my favorite season. I love being bundled up in a scarf and throwing on a cardigan! Call me old lady-like, but I can’t help it. 
  9. I am apart of Sigma Alpha Iota. It is a international music fraternity for women. If you’re apart of it, contact me! I’d love to get in touch with a fellow SAI sister! Vita brevis ars longa! 
  10. I long to become a catechist for the Catholic Church. I love to inform people about our beautiful faith and how much meaning Jesus put into His Church. Hopefully I will be able to become one soon! 

That seems to be all for now. I am very excited to see what entries this blog entails! I’ll try to update and post frequently. Til then, God bless! 

– Carleigh