Pondering Pew Potatoes

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Editor's Note:  During the month of November, as the Year of Faith draws to a close, we will be celebrating all the fruits of this year.  Each day we will feature a short reflection from Catholics all over the country and world, sharing what God has done.  If you want to share your own fruits with us, email us a short reflection (no more than 500 words, please) to myyearoffaith@gmail.com.  We'd love to hear how God has blessed you and deepened your faith this year!

When I was considering coming back to the Catholic Church and leaving the evangelistic church I loved, I would think about all those people at Mass who were there but not participating.  They made me not want to come back.  I dubbed them “pew potatoes” for they watched, but weren’t really a part of it.  They really bothered me.  Why did they even bother to come?  But over time God showed me that that WAS the point—they were there!  They came!  They heard!

Then God used my own illustration to teach me even more.  What happens when you leave a potato alone for a long time and it just sits there?  IT GROWS ROOTS! Yes, and my pew potatoes are hearing God’s Word each week.  Over time hopefully they will all grow their own roots and truly be part of the Mass, of Church, of the Body of Christ.  From the roots springs new life.


-Marti Trout, Fort Wayne, IN