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37 Practicing Catholic Moments

"Peace be with you. And also...with your spirit."

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1. When you're at daily Mass and the priest skips the homily.

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2. When you aren’t a hand-holder during the Our Father, but everyone else is.

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3. …Except when your crush is around.

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4. When the homily is getting just a little too long.

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5. When you see your parish priest out of his clerics.

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6. When you’re at a different parish and people stand during the consecration.

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7. When you’re at a different parish and people sit before receiving.

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8. When the kneelers don’t have padding and are super uncomfortable.

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9. And then you remember Jesus was crucified, so #guilt #ihaveiteasy

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10. When your favorite hymn starts.

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11. When you have an issue and your first thought is to turn to the patron saint of that problem.

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12. When the choir starts too early or doesn’t know when to stop.

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13. When you still hear older people saying old Mass parts.

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14. When you catch *yourself* saying old Mass parts.

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15. Having an adorable child sitting right in front of you (and making faces at you) during Mass.

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16. When you forget it’s a Friday during Lent and accidentally eat meat.

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17. When Easter finally comes around and you feast on what you gave up for Lent.

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18. When an inappropriate thought comes into mind during Mass.

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19. When your heart melts when you see kids receiving their first communion.

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20. And chuckling to yourself when you see their reactions to receiving the Precious Blood.

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21. When you need to go to Confession and have to find a priest before Mass so you can receive.

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22. When you couldn’t get to Confession and now you can’t receive.

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23. When you find out that dashing young man is in seminary.

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24. Or, when you find out that lovely young lady is entering a convent.

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25. Whenever you see sisters (A.K.A. nuns) and it’s the most joyful part of your day.

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26. When you hear or read something really awesome about chastity.

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27. But find it ridiculously difficult to put into practice sometimes.

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28. When you ponder the many mysteries of the faith and fall in love with it all over again.

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29. When you step into a gorgeous church and are overwhelmed by the beauty.

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30. And when you step into a post-Vatican II church and wonder if the architects were drunk when they planned it.

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31. Whenever Marian feastdays come around.

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32. When you catch a waft of incense and get a little overpowered by the scent.

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33. When you happen upon a church that is currently exposing the Blessed Sacrament.

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34. When you realize liturgical apps exist.

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35. When you realize you’d rather meet the pope than any other celebrity on earth.

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36. When you begin to understand how awesome Catholicism is.

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37. And even if it's not the house you would have built, it's home. Forever.

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