Six Things I Didn’t Learn In Church (That I Wish I Had)

22 Mar

1. There are a lot of really good people out there who don’t go to church. There are also a lot of really horrible people out there who go to church every time the doors are open. Don’t write off the non-church-goers, and don’t automatically trust the church-goers.

2. Sex is powerful. It is binding. It is an irreversible choice. Once you squeeze all of the toothpaste out of the tube, you can’t put it back in – it’s out there, and it’s going to stay out there.

3. Everyone makes mistakes – there is no one so good that he or she can’t do evil things, and there is no one so evil that he or she is incapable of doing good.

4. Eventually prayer will stop feeling like something you know that you need to do, and you will see it as something that you need to do. One day the act of praying will no longer feel like a chore, and you will find yourself slipping into doing it without thinking. All of a sudden commands like “Set your mind on things above,” and “Pray continually,” will feel like blessings instead of curses.

5. Follow Jesus where He leads. If you’re faced with a difficult choice, obey the Lord and rest in the knowledge that if you obey Him you will never choose wrongly. Even if that means that He will lead your devout Protestant heart straight into the Catholic Church.

6. God doesn’t let you know things if He knows you can’t handle them yet. Could fifteen year old Ellie have handled knowing she would one day be Catholic? Nope. If you had known then where you would be now, you wouldn’t have had the courage to leave your bed. But Jesus fed you teensy bits of God’s will as He knew you could handle it. So stop trying to figure out the future. You probably can’t handle it at this point.


8 Responses to “Six Things I Didn’t Learn In Church (That I Wish I Had)”

  1. Lyn March 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    So good! I had to share on my fb. Blessings.

  2. SR March 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    Excellent Ellie! I know of no one who could of said it any better. Truly blessed you are! God Bless, SR

    • elliejaneohara March 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Thanks dear friend! Still praying for you and your family!

  3. geloruma March 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Hi Ellie – I don’t understand the “sex” one…from a cradle catholic perspective – thinking of saint Augustine, Saint Margaret of Cortona – and the Magdalene?

    • elliejaneohara March 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      Umm actually my own experience. I grew up participating in programs like True Love Waits, which you can check out here:

      While I’m sure there are plenty of people who benefited from this program, I personally didn’t. I was encouraged to “wait” to have sex before marriage because one day I might meet a man who wouldn’t want me if I wasn’t pure. And that was the end of the story. My teachers said, “Don’t do it. It won’t be fun. It’s bad and it’s gross.”

      I wish so badly that someone had sat me down and been honest about sex – that it actually is fun and that it’s not gross. I wish that I had been given reasons for keeping sex inside of marriage (like the ones above) that made sense. I wish that the permanency of sex had been emphasized more so than “grossness” or “not fun-ness.”

      Does that make sense?

      • geloruma March 25, 2013 at 6:04 am #

        Hi Ellie,
        yes it does, with a teenage daughter of my own, I have explained that God made it pleasureable for a reason- a topic which would take a whole post – but that its reserved for someone you really know and trust…(within marriage of course!)
        I’ve known too many incidences of young girls being used and dumped. Wouldn’t wish that on anyone…
        or a bad marraige for that matter


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