I live a block away from a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. They're very friendly, polite, always well-dressed and committed to their faith. They can also be a pain in the derriere. I admire their tenacity and the fact they wear their faith on their sleeves. They subject themselves to rejection and humiliation with a smile and a kind word. Still, how many times do I have to explain to the same people over and over again that I'm very happy in the Catholic church and have plenty to read. I've even offered to give them some books that have the imprimatur sign of approval. They're not interested.
This morning, I was on my way to First Saturday Mass at St. Rita's when I encountered a friendly couple at the corner of Broad and Federal. "Good morning, can I offer you some inspiring words from the Holy Bible?" I always feel that I should be polite but at the same time, not miss an opportunity to stand up for the One True Faith, so I answered, just as politely: "No, thank you. I'm on way to St. Rita's to get some inspired word of God and the Body of Christ." The gentleman mildly chastised me and said "You need to make sure what you're getting is really in the Bible." I kept walking in the interest of time, but I should have asked him what part of the Catholic Mass ISN'T in the Bible? People are entitled to their beliefs, but I'm entitled to mine without being badgered every Saturday morning.