Have you ever played “6 Degrees Of Kevin Bacon”? The basic idea is that everyone is connected to Kevin Bacon through 6 connections. That’s the idea anyway; I’ve lost track of how many degrees connects me with Kevin Bacon. So the theory that everyone is connected to Kevin Bacon by 6 degrees is just that, theory.
No offense to Kevin Bacon but Catholicism has connected me to more people than I ever imagined and in fewer than 6 degrees. I’m not talking about the #CatholicFollowChain phenomenon either.
I go to Chicago intending to rejuvenate my faith life (and maybe make a few friends). It doesn’t take long before Ian to ask me if I know Alex. Alex, who was one of the many house guests in Washington State, and helped me celebrate my birthday. Yes, I know Alex.
After I return from Chicago I remember that my friend Antoinette may or may not work with my new friend Ian. Not only do they work together, Ian’s sister & Antoinette are best friends.
I meet Arleen. I suggest that Arleen connect with my friend Katie. Arleen asks if Katie has a brother named Steve. Katie not only has a brother named Steve, Arleen met Steve around the time I met Arleen.
While having breakfast with Rachel she asks me if I know twins she went to high school with. I went to college with the same twins.
In the middle of nowhere Oregon I meet a former volunteer, Joe, who spent two years in Belize. I mention that one of my college campus ministers served in Belize as well. You guessed it; they were in the same community.
Through the magic of F@cebook (and sheer boredom) I discover that my cousin and a friend’s youngest sister go to the same university & happen to be F@cebook friends. I ask my cousin if they’re really friends, because he has thousands of F@cebook friends & I doubt that’s actually possible. They’re friends; they’re both on the swim team. They know each other pretty well.
Have I mentioned that all of these instances occurred in different states at different points in my life?
Take that Kevin Bacon!
*Some names have been changed/omitted to hide the fact that I have a lot of friends with the same name*
Are you Catholic (or friends with a lot of Catholics)? Could we possibly know each other? How so?