Anotha cuppa and a few words about the time I recited the Creed in a coffee shop

+JMJ+ Did I ever tell you about the time I recited the Creed in a coffee shop? I was talking with a young man about religion and belief and I do not remember how we got on the subject. Probably he saw that I was wearing a Catholic T-shirt and reading a Catholic book. A lot of my conversations get started that way. Eventually he said to me, “I don’t know what I believe, do you?”

“Yes, I do.”

“Really? What do you believe?”

So I launched into the Apostles’ Creed.

I will not forget the look of surprise that covered his face as I began and his expression of surprise only increased as I went on. At the end he sat for a moment before saying, 

“Wow. You believe all of that?”

“I do. Or I wouldn’t have said it just now nor would I say it before every Rosary.”

And sat there a few moments more. I couldn’t help but laugh.

I’d been saying the Creed for so long and so many times that I guess I hadn’t thought about how it must seem to someone unfamiliar with it. I don’t think he thought I sounded like a robot, as some people think of it because we have memorized prayers or use someone else’s words. Maybe he was surprised that someone had memorized a prayer. Hey, buddy, I’m Catholic, I’ve memorized more prayers than just the Apostles’ Creed, ya know. But I guess he didn’t know. I guess Catholicism itself was a mystery to him (Ha! A mystery!), something alien to his experience. 

I wonder whatever happened to him. I haven’t had occasion to be out and about in any coffee shops for a while now, what with having my own home and then Covid and all. I’m not even sure I’d know him if I saw him, it was so many years ago. But I do wonder. I wonder if he ever looked into religion, into Christianity, into Catholicism. If he ever went further and found his way into the Church. Maybe. Maybe a seed was planted that day. I’ll pray for him right now. And that gives me an idea for another prayer intention for the Friday night Rosary thread on Twitter.

It pays to memorize your prayers.  You never know when you might need one. And don’t hide your religion. Maybe you can plant a seed in someone’s soul in a brief casual conversation in a coffee shop.

Thanks for visiting the blog and reading. May we grow in holiness and virtue this year, and, by His grace, plant some seeds and become the saints the Lord intends us to be. God bless you, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+  

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8 thoughts on “Anotha cuppa and a few words about the time I recited the Creed in a coffee shop

  1. You are amazing. I wish I could be like you, dear lady. Maybe one day ppl will say, I knew an online saint… St. Lee of Twitter. You are such an inspiration, you have no idea what a gift your faith is to behold. Lee, I wonder, do not the Orthodox also say the Creed as we do? I know they say the Our Father a tad differently. Just wondering, and THX for this wonderful LOVELY story!!!


    1. I don’t know if they do or not. I know little about the Eastern Orthodox, a few things here and there. That would be something interesting for you to look up and then tell us about here or on Twitter. :) Me? A saint? Hopefully one day. But not any time soon, I’d wager. ;) Thanks for reading and commenting, Kar! :)

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      1. I know they say the “Our Father” a bit differently (a sister is Russian Orthodox), but since I no longer speak to her (long story), I was wondering about The Creed. If I do find out, I’ll let ya know. But am not an online warrior like you, dear lady — well, I’m kinda am, but there is so much on my plate, wish I could get my priorities straight!! But one thing I know — I will always BE THERE with you on Fridays as long as God gives us the strength to continue on our life’s journey… Much Love & Blessings to my favorite Twitter, ya, I’m gonna say it: SAINT !!!


  2. I love this! Saying the Creed can definitely start to feel like it’s just part the daily routine but it truly is what we believe. What a great response to that question. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Seeing the faith through another’s eyes can be…eye-opening. ;) It is easy to become so used to saying a prayer that we cease to hear it. We may even forget that we can pray the Creed, not just repeat it. His response made me hear it again as if it were new. Thanks for reading and commenting! 👋🏻

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