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26 Struggles Anyone Raised Catholic Will Totally Understand

The guilt is real.

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1. Battling through nerves your first day as an altar server.

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"Don't spill the wine, don't spill the wine, DON'T SPILL THE WINE."

2. You still haven't forgotten the awkwardness of the First Communion outfit...

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3. ... And your mom still proudly displays the photos so you get to relive the awkwardness over and over.

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4. You had a love-hate relationship with uniforms.

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It was nice to not have to pick out an outfit each day, but they itched like crazy.

5. Growing up, the definition of sin always confused you.

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6. You were totally, totally lost when it came to folding the palm tree leaves into a cross on Palm Sunday.

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7. You felt extremely guilty about taking the Lord's name in vain in front of religious relics at home.

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8. At church dances you always had to abide by the Bible length rule.

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11. And you slowly got tired of a diet of Filet-O-Fish.

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Fish aren't square when they're swimming in the ocean.

13. You sometimes had very "interesting" literature at your house.

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14. You always had to fight the crowds before and after mass to dip your fingers in holy water.

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16. Your knees physically ached because of how much you prayed.

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17. You got hit with overwhelming guilt when you didn't have any money for the collection plate.

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18. Strangers always said, "You have something on your head" on Ash Wednesday, but you wore it with a sense of PRIDE.

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19. You have a large stack of church bulletins at home because you can never bring yourself to throw them away.

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21. Getting a parking space for the Easter Vigil required aggression and a little bit of improvisation.

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23. You scoffed at always getting a secondary role during the Nativity play.

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Everyone knew that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were the primetime roles.

24. You had no idea how to act when you saw your priest outside of a church setting.

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25. Sometimes going to CCD felt like a chore...

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26. And of course you know that Catholic guilt is a very real thing.

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