Believing Is Understanding


Herman’s nun friends down at the Catholic bookstore were doing something very different this afternoon, and it confused the little mouse. Apparently, it confused the sisters too. Here’s the story.

When Herman showed up at the bookstore, Sr. Charlie was upstairs working on a new “contraption” in the kitchen. Soon after he got to the kitchen, Sr. Lulu stopped by to get something from the refrigerator. She was shocked to see that Sr. Charlie was working with something that looked just like a “liquor still” she had once seen. It looked like a liquor still to Herman too!


The Bible explains that pretty much everything which seems new and different is most likely very old (Eccl 1:10). While people are good at putting a new spin on things, basically, there’s nothing really new under the sun.

The Catechism tends to confirm that thought, though it approaches this topic from a different perspective. It reminds us of a centuries old lesson from St. Augustine. St. Augustine says:

“I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.” (CCC 158)


Okay, that’s a little confusing at first. In fact, Herman had to think about it for awhile, so he just watched what was happening.

Sr. Charlie told Sr. Lulu that she was inventing a new time machine. It turns out that the time machine wasn’t for time travel. It was for saving time in the kitchen while cooking.

Sr. Lulu had visions of all the nuns spending time in jail for operating an illegal still, so she breathed a sigh of relief. And then, she actually expressed approval that dinner could be prepared more quickly — assuming that Sr. Charlie’s invention actually worked, of course.

As for Sr. Charlie, she had a totally different perspective on her exchange with Sr. Lulu. But she decided that Sr. Lulu’s conclusion was vindication that she was both a good sister and a great inventor.

Meanwhile, the little, orange, Cathedral mouse was in a daze and had to lean against the wall to stay upright. Human dynamics often amused Herman, but today, he was truly perplexed. The way people think was very alien to Herman. But he reached an interesting conclusion that we will share with you.

Some of the more peculiar things that happen to you each day aren’t always random. It’s possible, and even likely, that some of them are actually part of God’s great and mysterious plan to bring you home to Him some day in heaven along with many of the most favorite people in your life. Go with it! As St. Augustine told us, “Understanding is believing, and believing is understanding.

Believe! Get on the Holy Highway (Isa 35;8). And someday, this might all make more sense to you — and you’ll be very happy!


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

Prayer walking for souls!

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