Sunday, January 10, 2010

the Catholic Club...

... true story. While in the hospital this past week my doctor came in the room to go over my test results. He saw the rosary on my bedside table and the crucifix around my neck and asked if I was Catholic. When I answered yes he beamed a big smiled at me and said ...

"Me too! High five!"

It was the funniest damn moment; high-fiving a doctor because we shared a common faith. But it got my thinking [because the hospital didn't have wifi and I was bored out of my wits] the Catholic Church and Her members really are sort of like a secret society. We have a hand gesture, the sign of the cross. We have our own terminology, extreme unction [which I got reacquainted with during my stay]. We also have our own identifiers like crucifixes, medals and rosaries.

The nuns may have given up their habits, but the laity are still easy enough to spot in a crowd.

12 comments:

eighthsacrament said...

True, the catholic church can be easy to spot - but remember Roman Catholics are not the only ones to employ medals, rosaries, crucifixes, etc. We Episcopalians love our religious stuff too!

I went to my PMD a couple weeks ago and after noticing my Women in the Church's Ministry book she asked if she could say a blessing over me. It is kind of cool finding another person who is part of the club.

Angela M. said...

I like going to other Catholics homes if they have statues and religious pictures up - you feel like your going to another family members home where you have common ancestors. Makes me feel right at home because we know the same people.

Terry Nelson said...

When I had health insurance I used to go to the doctor just to get attention too.

nazareth priest said...

I scared off a "pastoral visitor of the sick" years ago when I was just a lowly "Brother" in the hospital for spinal surgery...
she asked me how I was doing and without a beat I said, "Oh, just great. I have my relic of St. Therese here with me in a crucifix; my community comes here each evening to sing Compline (in the hospital room, no less) and I receive Holy Communion from my superior. I'm just great!"
Her face drained of blood and she ran out of the room saying, "Well, I guess you don't need me!"
Indeed.

The Crescat said...

Terry, it is sad isn't it?

Patm said...

One of my son's g/f's (an atheist) didn't stay with him too long. We suspect it had to do with the day she said, "you guys have, like crucifixes and icons in every room of the house" and we said..."oh, yeah. You're right."

Hadn't noticed.

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

"We also have our own identifiers like crucifixes, medals and rosaries."

And don't forget the secret decoder rings!

--C.B.

Mimi said...

I like the high five. But, you have my prayers. Stop acting up, C's ticker!

pinksy82@comcast.net said...

nazareth priest said...
I scared off a "pastoral visitor of the sick" years ago when I was just a lowly "Brother" in the hospital for spinal surgery...
she asked me how I was doing and without a beat I said, "Oh, just great. I have my relic of St. Therese here with me in a crucifix; my community comes here each evening to sing Compline (in the hospital room, no less) and I receive Holy Communion from my superior. I'm just great!"
Her face drained of blood and she ran out of the room saying, "Well, I guess you don't need me!"
Indeed.

Oh,Padre. You have to laugh, though. You ARE right though Terry.

My family is so Catholic that we like to say that we can spot nuns " in plain clothes". I was once on a plane home to DC and sure enough I sat down next to a woman that looked very Greenwich Connecticut or Chevy Chase MD housewifeish. I could not only tell that she was a nun,but I suspected that she was an RSCJ--a Sacred Heart nun--the order by whom, in part, I was educated.

So. She we start chatting. She asks me my name. She looks at me, with the fear of God in her eyes and says, with great drama: "Ohhhhhhhhhh. You were the reason that we decided we could no longer be cloistered". I am not kidding. I was fairly wild in my youth and got into some, ahem, trouble. This was 15 years later. Whew. I think I will stop now.

nazareth priest said...

pinsky82: I lived in CT for several years; even taught there in a seminary...and I KNOW the "look"...I do, believe me I do:<)!
What the heck did you do to those Sisters???!!!

WhollyRoaminCatholic said...

My protestant wife thinks that Catholics have some kind of ESP to find other Catholics. We'll be watching TV and I'll point out to her all the Catholics on screen. Movies too. She'll then look them up-- and it creeps her out.

I heard her talk to her brother about it one day about whether we were infiltrating everything. "They look just like us!" she said.

Heh heh heh.

eulogos said...

How long does it take to develop a Catholic aura?

Say, if someone becomes a Catholic when they are 21, would he or she have developed one by age 59?

Susan Peterson