Letters From a Young Catholic

My reflections as a Catholic young adult passionate about the Faith, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and discerning the will of the Lord in my life.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Top Ten Clues

I spent the first part of this past week quarantined at home with the flu. Once I was starting to feel better I also started to get bored. Lying in bed can be boring after a few days. That's when I came up with the idea for this post.

Top Ten Clues that the Family
Living in this House is Catholic

1. There is a holy card of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child next to a recipe for Strawberry Scones above the kitchen sink.

2. There are dead palms on the wall. Palms from Palm Sunday. These must not necessarily be, although frequently are, tucked behind a crucifix.

3. You find several hymnals and a missal stacked on top of the piano. Note the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child on the above shelf.

4. You open the cupboard to pull out the bread mixer, and lo and behold, you also discover a bottle of holy water. Always have holy water on hand. In case you're wondering, no, the residents of this household do not bake with holy water.

5. Is that a bowl of candy sitting on the coffee table? Nope, a bowl of rosaries.

6. When you find a crucifix in almost every room in the house and above every bedroom door, that's usually a pretty big hint.

7. When you find holy cards of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary in the bathroom, that's a really really big clue.

8. A pile such as this which includes holy cards of saints and funeral cards along with a little prayer book provides further evidence.

9. When a glance at a random bookshelf and finds you looking at books like these, chances are they're Catholic. If you take a closer look at the bookshelves around the house you'll obviously also find several bibles, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, along with many classics written by the saints.

10. When the above evidence has been carefully considered, when upon examining the artwork present in the house one finds several icons, that is also a very important clue.

Upon careful consideration of the above listed evidence, I have come to the conclusion that those residing within the house in which these pictures were taken are Catholics. This is not an exhaustive list of all the potential evidence of Catholicism that one may find in a family home but these clues do lead me to conclude, beyond any reasonable doubt, that this particular family home is indeed belonging to a Catholic family.