I was born a Catholic but that doesn’t mean I knew anything about the faith until I decided to investigate the faith for myself in college. In my research, I came across a number of things that weren’t true that I thought were, many things that were true that I hadn’t thought were true, and words that I misunderstood completely.
So to help others here’s a list of Catholic words that probably don’t mean what some may think they mean.
Acolytes – Sounds like something you drink to flush out your system. Hyper-Ade! Now with extra acolytes. In reality it’s one who assists in the celebration.
Aspergillum – Let’s be frank. It sounds like a fungus that wraps itself up in your intestine and makes you stay in the bathroom for three days. But it’s actually just a vessel or device used for sprinkling holy water during special blessings.
Beatification – is not a makeover. It’s actually for those who don’t need one.