Ten great things about being Catholic

By Alice Camille; photos by Bill Wittman Some may settle for a baptism, wedding, and funeral in the church and feel they’ve gotten the best. But if you choose to live all the moments in between from the perspective of the Catholic worldview, you can enhance your life beyond your wildest imaginings.

WERE YOU BAPTIZED AS A BABY? If you’re like most Catholics, that’s how you first joined the church. Infant baptism has its obvious advantages: the early vaccination against original sin, guaranteed new life in Christ, and membership in the church—all nothing to sneeze at. But there’s one drawback to starting your life as a Catholic while you’re still in diapers: You have no idea what you’re getting into! In this respect, infant baptism might seem to have all the charm of being drafted. If you happen to meet the criteria—in most cases, just having Catholic parents—you’re in.

Embracing a Catholic identity, however, is a whole lot more than simply being a card-carrying member of the church. Some may settle for a baptism, wedding, and funeral in the church and feel they’ve gotten the best of it. But if you choose to live all the moments in between from the perspective of the Catholic worldview, you can enhance your life beyond your wildest imaginings.

What follows are 10 good things to discover for yourself about the beauty and integrity of authentic Catholic living. See how many of these windows of grace are open to you already, and how many more you may have to explore. You may also want to add to this list the things about the church that move you to awe and wonder.

bright cloud1. We brake for mystery

The word mystery has a particular meaning in pop culture. We may think immediately of detectives trying to solve crimes, or suspenseful movies with some monster hiding in wait for its next victim.