As a small business owner, I reach out for help quite often.
But sometimes it seems like there’s a language barrier.
For example, if I want to explain to someone who is helping with Google ads what scapulars are for so we can get the language right, I start seeing our faith from an outside perspective.
And I get excited and nervous all at the same time about this opportunity. In my head I’m thinking “Don’t make this sound weird, explain it with love.”
“Don’t scare them off, make this sound as awesome as it is.”
Invariably, my palms get sweaty, and my explanation comes out in a jumbled mass of “Our mother promised us, you see…” and “it’s this cool thing… and I guess you have to be Catholic to ‘get it'”. And from there it devolves into rambling.
I have yet to convert anyone to the faith other than my husband.
As hard as I try not to be apologetic or overly enthusiastic, I never seem to get it right, and I don’t think I’m getting any better with practice.
But there must be some reason God keeps putting these people in my path. Maybe they get just a tiny bit out of our conversations? Maybe it’s to teach me humility? I’m sure He has a plan that I’m not privy too.
Regardless, we keep trying to find ways to reach customers and inspire them to explore new avenues of their faith. We want to transform lukewarm souls into curious souls, and then on to fired-up souls.
I want to get to heaven, and drag as many of you there with me as I can.
Step 1: Do you own a scapular?
Step 2: Do you wear your scapular at all times?
Step 3: Are you enrolled in your scapular, and do the daily exercises associated with the type you have?
The most common is the Brown Scapular, and with it come a few requirements that you may not know about.
But I don’t want you to think that it would be too much work. I’d rather you have the perspective of the scapular as wearing a prayer, and the requirement for daily recitation of the Little Office or Holy Rosary (or abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays) to be a resting place for you – an activity of restoration and welcome peace rather than “oh man… I have to do this thing again….argh.”
How can you approach your Catholic faith with a fresh sense of curiosity?
It’s a hard question to answer because there is so much to learn, so many ways to pray, and 2,000 years of history to look to.
Instead of being overwhelmed, I challenge you to take stock of your own needs. Are you feeling disconnected during the Eucharist? Maybe a more thorough understanding can help.
Feel like prayer is an afterthought? Maybe wearing your prayers in the form of a scapular will bring you closer to God during normal daily routines.
Get curious. Let us know how we can help.
Love to all,