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Today I went to the supermarket to pick up a few things in my very blue state. I walked past a tiny grey-haired white lady who was probably about 70, trying to reach a particular flavored club soda that was too high.

I doubled back, pulled up my mask and asked, "Do you need help?"

She did. Asked me to pull down 3 more kiwi strawberry seltzers so she could get the 5 for $3 deal. I put them in her cart, she thanked me. I said "You are welcome" and started to walk away.

She said, "That was a real mitzvah you did. So thanks."

I answered, "I know what mitzvah means, I lived in New York." I started to give a nod and turn so I could get my own seltzer.

She then said, "I am not Jewish." She pulled off her mask. "I am Catholic."

I took off my mask and said, for the first time as an adult, no equivocation, no using a word like lapsed as a qualifier, "I am Catholic too."

She smiled and said, "In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti." Then put her mask back on, turned and walked away.

I was too stunned to say Amen then. Amen.
 
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