I grew up in an Irish Catholic household and have a super Irishy name. I like to drink and I like to celebrate but I just don’t choose to worship stuff anymore. It doesn’t change my holiday traditions. Catholics like to celebrate holidays and I like to celebrate so we have that common ground. Yay.
Christmas is a fun time for family, but there’s something around the energy of St. Patrick’s day that’s just awesome. One day out of the year everyone is Irish (which is weird since nobody wanted to be Irish 200 years ago) and everyone makes bad decisions… and because it’s Catholic… you’re forgiven.
It’s baffling to me why Catholicism isn’t the ONLY religion in the world. If people were given the choice of religion at the age of 21 in America, why would you ever choose anything but being Roman Catholic?
- The story of Jesus changing a bunch of well needed re-hydrating water into wine tells me that Mr. Christ wanted us to have a good time instead of replenishing well needed electrolytes.
- The Sacrament of reconciliation gives you infinite lives – Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Need a ‘do over’? Take it. We’ll let you. You’re sorry. We’re good.
- Drink – I know guys. I know 40 days and 40 nights of no booze… but …. ummm … let’s CELEBRATE St. Patrick… let’s do it on the anniversary of his death because … it coincidentally happens to be during lent. LOOPHOLE!!!! Drink up people!!
- Obligation – Just show up when you can, try not to be a jerk and follow the golden rule. You’ll probably be good.
I’m just saying that a religion that tells me to drink during service, encourages the pastors to partake and lets you literally get away with murder to make it upstairs is a pretty solid deal. Nothing against other religions, but as a casual observer of all of them, being Catholic seems to be the easy breezy ride to the pearly gates. It’s basically the University of Phoenix of faith.
Have fun and be safe today guys. Oh yeah… Catholics seem to be the least offended of the faiths so if you happen be Catholic, don’t ruin the stereotype after reading this.