Saturday, May 5, 2012

Say "HELLo"

I was digging through my archives searching for a particular post when I ran across this:

One day, while my husband was out fishing, two men walked up to him. They greeted him and then asked him, "Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior?" Randy told them yes, he had. So, they started chatting with him. One of the men then asked, "What about your wife?" Randy said,  "Yep, she's Catholic." (This was before Randy entered the Church.) The two men looked shocked. One of them exclaimed, "You do know she's going to hell, don't you?!!" My husband is not one to mince words. Poker faced, he looked at them and replied, "Well then....make sure y'all say hi!"

24 comments:

  1. Great response. That really did happen to your husband right? Hugs.

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  2. Love it!!! Great response!

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  3. It's sad that Catholicism is so mis-understood.

    I guess we (and the Church) must be somewhat to blame for this.

    Here in the UK there isn't so much anti-Catholic feelings. It's more anti-Christian.

    God bless.

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  4. Mary,

    I love this! Not many of us have the ability to come up with the perfect reply at the right time. We always think of the right words hours later.

    When I was a teenager, two people approached me in the shopping mall: "Have you taken the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour?" I decided that if I wanted to get away quickly (to finish my shopping) I would have to accept Jesus by repeating the necessary words. The two people looked satisfied and I hurried off relieved.

    Years later, I discovered that accepting Jesus as my saviour involved much more than a few words. I discovered the Catholic Church and all its truths and treasures. I wonder what Jesus thought that day when I got approached in the mall. Did He smile knowing I'd find Him properly one day?

    God bless you!

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  5. Ha, ha! My first impulse is to get mad at the ignorance of people, but lately I've just started praying that they will become enlightened as to what a true Christian is.

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  6. Being Catholic has me in the minority among the Moms at my kids' school. "What church do you go to?" is a frequent question that comes up. Since my church is Immaculate Conception there is usually some perceptible facial expression change upon hearing my answer. Sometimes I add, "But you don't need to save me. I am already saved." One friend recommended I read a book in their church bookstore Talking to Catholics. I told her, "Maybe you should read it and then you could talk to me." She knew i was joking.

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  7. Good response on Randy's part!

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  8. Hi JBR,
    Yes, it really did :) He sure knows how to end a conversation with a bang, doesn't he? He was fishing in a pond not far from where we used to live. It was in the center of a condominium complex and these men were trying to bring souls to Christ. Randy was attending a Baptist Church at the time. Funny, isn't it? I laughed so hard!

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  9. Hi Anne,
    Yeah, he's quick with comebacks. I don't even try to outdo him in this area because I'd lose every time ;)

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  10. Hi Victor,
    Most fellow Christians that I meet that are not Catholic are wonderful people and would never say such a thing.

    The problem seems to be the words, "Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?" I always say, "Absolutely!" Then, for some reason they seem shocked when they find out I'm Catholic, so, yes, you are right that Catholicism is misunderstood. For some strange reason some people don't think we see Jesus as our Savior.

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  11. Hi Sue,
    I had to laugh after reading your comment. I hope your shopping got done ;)
    Now this is the MEAT of the matter! To most Catholics it's more than a matter of words and I'm not sure we understand why some denominations focus so specifically on the words. Jesus certainly knows the truth that is in each person's heart.

    What cracks me up about Randy's encounter is that there was a time when Catholics thought that only Catholics went to heaven too!

    God bless!

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  12. Hi Colleen,
    Lol! You are quick witted like Randy! Immaculate Conception is a dead giveaway - it's the name of our Parish too :) We transferred to it not that long ago.

    When Randy's pastor heard that Randy was converting to Catholicism he handed him a book and told him to read it. The book was filled with misconceptions about Catholicism. Fortunately, he had a great theologian who taught him about the Catholic faith so Randy was able to refute every attack against him. The thing is that they were genuinely concerned for Randy's salvation so he understood and wasn't offended by it.However, he WAS offended by someone telling him that his wife was going to hell because he knew how much I loved the Lord.

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  13. Hi DG,
    I thought so! I would have just stuttered out some inane comment if it was me. I can defend my faith well but I'm not quick with comebacks.

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  14. Oh, that's a nice response!! I love it!! ♥ Well, since I'm Catholic too, I'll see ya there! God bless!! ;-)

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  15. Okay.... now I can breathe. Mary dear, my response is on my blog to you. :)

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  16. Haha...now what was their response to his quick wit?

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  17. Ho! Ho! That was great, Mary!!

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  18. Grace,
    Your last couple posts made me smile and your sense of humor cracks me up. I loved your last few posts! God bless you, my friend!

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  19. Noreen,
    Randy said they were dumbfounded and walked away. I bet the look on their faces was priceless!

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  20. Hi Esther,
    I just left a comment on your blog and came back here to find that you had commented on mine :) I still have to send you Milo's picture - I just don't have one on my computer yet. What a sweetie he is!

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  21. Oh Geez I saw your comment above addressed to Grace and I had to do a double take as I was not sure if you were talking to me. I am not used to this. Ha ha.....

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  22. Lol! It's kind of like when people call me Marianne - I don't even know they are talking to me either!

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