… You know, not everyone has the time to volunteer at soup kitchens, hand-knit blankets for the homeless, and bake home made pastries for the church bazaar. This used to cause me an endless amount of grief and guilt, that some how I was failing at being a good Catholic woman.
Once I weaned myself off a daily diet of reading home-school mommy blogs I was able to surrender the idea that I was somehow not a good enough mother/woman/Catholic etc. I know those types of blogs don’t actively seek to make other mothers who have to work outside the home feel bad, it was just my own personal interpretation of them fueled by guilt.
Not being able to participate at my parish as much as I wanted also frustrated me, as well as not having the time for private prayer. You see, it was all around discord.
However, I am not easily discouraged. What I lack in time and resources I have in abundance of creativity and a warped sense of humor. I decided to use these skills as gifts for the Church. I may no longer have the time to commit to sponsoring converts through RCIA but I can still spread the message of Catholicism where ever I go. Let me introduce you to something I refer to as Commando Catholicism, like little Catholic sneak attacks…
- Saying a quick prayer for the dead when you pass a cemetery
- Praying for emergency workers when an ambulance/fire truck/squad car zip by
- Leaving holy cards in bar room bathrooms or where ever you happen to be that might be chocked full of heathens… like on the racks of liquor bottles at the ABC store or at your Unitarian Universalist friend’s house.
- Leave medals in your anti-Catholic family’s couch cushions
- And my favorite; pass out these cards to kids wearing the rosary as a necklace.