It’s Okay to Ask!

By: Erin Boeckmann

I remember when I was younger, my mom asked me to help her clean out our freezer. She would hand me various items and say, “throw it out. It’s burnt.”

I remember looking at the food in confusion. In my mind, if someone said “burnt,” I assumed that the food would look charred or blackened as though it had actually been burned. But the foods that she was handing me just had ice on them. It’s the freezer, isn’t it supposed to look frozen?

Each time I would try to hand the items back to her and say, “mom, it’s not burnt, just frozen!”

In return, she would give me that look that said, “stop messing around. You’re only going to make this take longer for the both of us….”

What she was assuming at that moment is that it is common sense that freezer-burned items are not the same as items that are burned in the oven or on the grill. They don’t turn black, but instead of layers of ice crystals that stack on the outside. 

There are two things to learn from this story. First, my mother needs to clean her freezer out more. Second, there is no such thing as common sense. Most things we observed or someone has explicitly told us “how things are.” So if we don’t observe those things or are never told, then it may not make as much sense as others assume it should.

It’s the same way in our Catholic faith. So often, I went through the motions without stopping to question why we do the things we do. Where did the prayers come from? Why is our faith so unique? In the back of my mind, I was worried that it might be sinful to question these things. But it’s not! 

The LORD would rather us stop on a passage and say, “huh?” than to simply shrug and go on. To stop and ask what He means shows that you are SEEKING the LORD. This is exactly what we are called to do. No question is too silly! If you wonder “why” or “how,” there are probably 15 other people in the pews wondering the same thing you are. It just takes one person to ask for all to hear and understand. 

So, ask us anything! Don’t be afraid. Don’t be concerned about seeking the LORD with all your heart, MIND, and soul!

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