Have you ever been pelted in the leg with a sharpened pencil flying through the air? I have not, but the young kid sitting behind us today during Mass can now respond to that question in the affirmative.
Angry at not being allowed to accompany her dad and older brother to the bathroom today, Little Miss decided on a whim to pout. While she screeched her displeasure briefly, she switched to a new tactic. Thankfully, while she did not send her shoe flying up toward the altar this week, when waiting for the gifts to be brought forward for the Consecration, she instead began chucking everything in reach to the pew behind us.
I’ve got to admit – the girl has an arm. And, the tween-age boy behind us has got some impressive reflexes. He was only pelted with a double-sided, sharpened pencil; I saved him from receiving a couple board books and a veil in his lap.
And, by the time the veil was not a successful toss, thankfully Little Miss decided she was no longer aware of the reason behind her protesting, and had moved on to bigger and better things, such as taking prayer books out of the holder in the back of the pew in front of us.
For the first time, in perhaps years, I heard a chaplain discuss the concept and teaching of the belief of Purgatory in his homily. The more I hear about that teaching, and the reason behind it, the more I fall in love with the concept. I love how, even if we are not in a state of perfect grace upon our death, we are able to be given a chance to have our sins washed away from our souls as we prepare to enter into God’s heavenly embrace. Much like the Prodigal Son (I know, not the Gospel reading today), we are given one last chance to turn to Our Father and beg His mercy on the sins we may have committed in our lifetime. And, I love the thought that I will get one. last. chance.
Until then, I shall be staying the course, trying my hardest to live a “Christ-centered” life, and leading my children to the same water; while it is up to them to believe, I can definitely do my part to steer them toward a kind, loving, Christ-centered path, and watch their free will unfold as they get older.
Who am I kidding? Their (already strong) free will is already making itself known!
I’m linking up with Rosie over at A Blog for My Mom, as part of the “My Sunday Best” series. Head on over to read more of what other fabulous bloggers took away from their Mass experience today – since I was too busy catching flying objects, I will need a little refresher myself!
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