My husband wasn’t feeling well, so he didn’t attend Mass with us today. That meant, a mom had to pick and choose her battles with the two children. Typically, I would leave one with my husband, and take the other; however, my husband’s traditional sidekick (our son) had CCD directly following Mass. Our daughter would not have allowed her dad to continue to rest, so she was automatically granted a green light to attend Mass.
As we settled into our pew, I was able to take a moment to briefly pray silently to our Guardian Angels that the children, “Participate to their ability, and don’t impede others’ ability to worship.”
Not only did my son sing the praises he knows, and participate in the Prayers of Intention, he also listened partly to our chaplain’s homily – it helps when the chaplain speaks about a man being swallowed by “a really big fish.” For deeper thoughts and reflection on My Mass Takeaway, click over to my Instagram account.
Now, let’s get down to brass tax with this post. Here is what I wore to Mass today!
Let me be honest – a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do sometimes, just to get out of the door on time. So, when Lil’ Miss woke up this morning, and put her “Princess shoes” on her feet, I wasn’t in the mood to try to negotiate.
Her regular socks and shoes went in the “pack-pack” lunch box we take to Mass. And, she wore her “Princess shoes” until we dropped her brother off at CCD. Also in the lunch box? Trusty M&Ms, which kept her occupied throughout Mass, a spare diaper, a couple rosaries, and her jacket.
My son received this particular Mass Kit for Christmas this year. After trial and error the past couple weeks, this morning I pared down what he took from the kit. I was pleasantly surprised to see him actually following along with the Consecration, while playing with the various pieces from the kit that we took. Because he is five, he’s only allowed one “toy” at Mass – the Mass Kit. He is also only allowed faith-based books and coloring books during Mass.
Adoration is another story.
All in all, Mass with the two kids and “just Mom” was relatively smooth – which means it was a success. Today’s Mass experience was definitely an answered prayer!
And now, I’m wondering – shall I chance it and take them to Adoration with me, next?
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How did Mass (or church) fare with your family this week?
Have a beautiful and blessed week, dear reader…