When I received an opportunity to review a box from CatholicT-ShirtClub.com, I jumped on it. First of all, who doesn’t love real mail, and a package no less? Second, I am expecting another child, and the chance came right in the middle of one of those nothing-fits-my-body stages. Sign me up, indeed!
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I admit, I was a little skeptical about wearing a boldly Catholic t-shirt out in the world. But right after I took this video, my four-year-old got out of bed for a glass of water. I’d put the shirt on (it’s so soft, and is washing nicely thus far). He asked who was on my shirt and what was in the box. I told him who it was—as I mentioned in the video, we don’t know much about St. Pio in our house—and that we’d learn more about him soon.
My boy went back to bed, and I thought about whether it would be so bad to wear decidedly religious attire in public. On the one hand, I do think we need to evangelize first with our actions and the ways in which we build and maintain relationships. But sometimes we need a conversation starter, too. The saints are full of wisdom, which needs to be remembered and shared. A friend of mine has resolved this year to post a quote from a saint on Facebook every day, as a means of putting something positive out there. She’s stuck to it, and I look forward to them. The beautiful images overlaid with simple messages give me a boost every time. Why shouldn’t I do the same in the grocery store, at school pick-ups, on the playground?
In thinking about this, I also recalled a dear friend since middle school. When we were young, she spent summers with her grandmother. Grandma would not allow my friend to wear anything with a company’s logo on it, because she didn’t want her granddaughter advertising for a company she had no connection to. There are certain moments when advertising for Christ isn’t a bad thing. It could be just what a stranger—or even a friend—needs that day. Sometimes, maybe the “armor of Christ” looks more like a t-shirt.
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I’m looking forward to wearing my shirt out and about, and making use of the anointing oil, prayer, holy card with relic, and medal. God puts things in our lives for a reason. This box has prompted me to finally plan a visit to the shrine and see what kind of relationship my family can build with this blessed, holy man. I’m grateful for this opportunity!
I received a sample box from the Catholic T-Shirt Club for the purpose of this review. No compensation was received. Opinions expressed here are mine alone.
Copyright 2017 Lindsay Schlegel
About the Author
Lindsay Schlegel is a daughter of God, wife, mom, editor, and speaker. She’s the author of Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God and host of the podcast Quote Me with Lindsay Schlegel. Lindsay seeks to encourage, inspire, and lift others up to be all they were created to be. Connect with Lindsay at her website, LindsaySchlegel.com.