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10 Signs You Might Be A Catholic Convert

Matt Swaim
October 4, 2018 No Comments

As anyone who’s entered the Catholic Church as an adult can attest, there’s a level of culture shock that comes along with conversion that’s hard to explain to a “cradle Catholic.” And while converts may, over time, learn all the devotions, vocabulary, and quirky customs that can go along with Catholic culture, some of us will always speak with a slight Protestant accent.

With that in mind, here are ten signs that you might be a convert to the Catholic Faith:

1. If you’re used to having your robust voice drowned out during hymns, but find it now sticks out like a sore thumb at Mass, you might be a convert.

2. If you’ve ever pronounced a saint’s name or theological concept wrong because you’ve only ever read it in a book and never heard it pronounced out loud, you might be a convert.

3. If you only recently realized that headlines like “Trinity Crushes Aquinas” or “St. Ignatius Comes Back To Stun Cardinal Gibbons” are actually referring to sports scores, you might be a convert.If you only recently realized that headlines like 'Trinity Crushes Aquinas' or 'St. Ignatius Comes Back To Stun Cardinal Gibbons' are actually referring to sports scores, #YouMightBeAConvert. Click To Tweet

4. If the hardest part about planning a weekend trip to visit family is figuring out how and when you’re going to escape and go to Mass, you might be a convert.

5. If you’re used to sermons that last an hour, and a 10-minute homily makes you wonder if you missed something, you might be a convert.

6. Even though it’s a parish festival or fish fry, if you’re still unnerved by the fact that they’re selling beer on church property, you might be a convert.

7. If you’ve ever contested the lightness of a penance with your confessor, you might be a convert.

8. Even though you know the Mass is deeply Scriptural, if it still bothers you that nobody brings their Bible to church, you might be a convert.

9. If whenever you see a priest or nun in the grocery store, you get a little starstruck and are tempted to ask for their autograph, you might be a convert.

10. If people think you’re super holy, when really you just happen to have read a lot of books, you might be a convert.

Thank you to the CHNetwork family, and especially “cradle Catholics,” for helping us converts come home and be at home in the Catholic Church!


Matt Swaim

Matt Swaim is Outreach Manager for The Coming Home Network and co-host of The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio.