The squealing response I express after learning that someone is also Catholic can be quite over exaggerated and embarrassing.
This frequently occurs when I realize my patient is Catholic.
Often times, the conversation starts, “What do you do on the weekends?…Oh really? Which church?…YOU’RE CATHOLIC? REALLY?! I’M CATHOLIC TOO!” Then I show them the Blessed Mother medallion on my necklace as if I have to prove to them that I’m also the Big C!
I have realized that being Catholic is part of my identity, just as much as my roles as mother, wife and therapist.
While at a park recently, a mom with a couple dozen children exited a van near the playground. She and I casually chatted and then, after making a connection that we were both Catholic and had ties to Bellator, I realized I was sitting with our Bellator bee-keeper who makes the amazing balsam bars. It truly is a small world.
I truly feel that the bond of Catholicism can bring another level of depth and connection…it’s the Sacraments, Eucharist, Communion of Saints, Mass and so much more.
So when the AC repair man enters our house and says, “You sure are Catholic,” I’ll always respond with, “YES, yes I am!”