Sunday, 1 April 2007

You know you're a cradle Catholic when...

1. Your Sunday Missal was a gift for your First Holy Communion, and has a large chocolate stain on the page for the Easter Sunday daytime Mass. [Or is that just me?]

2. You were baptised before you were old enough to hold your head up unaided.

3. Every time you fell over and grazed your knee as a child, your mother would tell you to "offer it up".

4. There's a lively family discussion every year about whether you're still required to fast on Christmas Eve.

5. At least once in your life, you have accidentally genuflected on entering a theatre or cinema.

6. You once worked out that the only person in your family who was required to fast under the rules of the Church was your mother. Since she was responsible for catering, the entire family fasted every fast day anyway.

7. When you were told to draw your family tree as a child at school, you kept having to ask for extra paper.

8. Converts seem to know a lot more about the teachings of the Church and the source of Catholic beliefs than you do.

9. As a teenager, you used to have a snack at 11:30 pm the night before a fast day and keep eating until midnight struck, to stave off any potential hunger pangs.

10. Talking about your beliefs makes you feel faintly uncomfortable, particularly when in the company of other cradle Catholics (especially if they also happen to be members of your family). You do, however, know a good selection of Catholic jokes.

[I rather like the T-shirt in the picture - I might get one for my littlest nephew. You can get one here.]


Greg the Beachcomber said...

If you grew up in America, you might add: Have made the sign of the cross before the Pledge of Allegiance in elementary school.

newhousenewjob said...

Ah, good one, Greg - I wonder if my American nephews and nieces have done that.