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"Ummm....it's a good thing I know your family!"
My friend attempted to hide a smile as she glanced at my eight-year old guy standing next to her in our driveway. She had just dropped him off after a play-date with her son for the day. Her quick look spoke volumes and I knew that my son had put his foot in his mouth...again.
"Uh oh...what did he say?" I asked, nervously.
"Well, we were eating dinner, and for some reason he looked up and said, 'Well, you know we are Nazis.'"
My mouth fell open in horror. "Nazis? What??"
My friend smiled and and chuckled in understanding like only she could.
"I didn't know what to say, so I asked him why he thinks you are Nazis. He said, "Well, we're German, so that means we are Nazis!"
I clapped my hand over my forehead and groaned. "Good grief!" was all I could muster for a minute as I joined in her laughing.
I wasn't expecting to have to explain the differences between evil factions and the history of part of my heritage, but I certainly did that night. I also made sure to cover the Italian and Hungarian side of my husband just to make sure my witty lad wouldn't branch out into these areas someday instead.
Awkwardness aside, our exchange did bring something to mind.
Just because I claim to be Catholic does not really mean that others should assume that I automatically live up to higher Christian moral standards. I may have been baptized into the faith, but if I am not attempting to live it out on a daily basis, I am not setting an example of Christian behavior exemplified by Christ, nor am I being a witness of His great love.
If I am not careful, my little world will stay that way - confined to my own life.
Truly living a Catholic life literally transforms the world, whether I realize it or not. This is true for the young mom raising children at home, the man balancing prayer and service to others in-between corporate meetings, and the elderly senior praying unceasingly for the world as he/she prepares to enter the heavenly kingdom.
Being Catholic Christians requires authenticity.
Let's not just say we are Catholic. Let's live our lives in ways that do not hide the candle of our faith under a bushel. In a time in history when we are often told to "own who we are," let us do just that.
May we constantly strive to be who God made us to be - His head, arms, and feet - to a world longing to be loved and set free.
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