"So, to the parent out there, wondering why we put in the manual labor, the grief, the heartache, and the struggle to get children out of the door and off to Mass on a weekly basis, take heart." While not planning on linking up this week, the unexpected affirmation I received after Mass made me realize - another parent may need the same reminder!
"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." I successfully got one faith-filled thought out of today, in between catching tossed objects, and stopping objects from being tossed!
The smiles from other adults in the parish? Let's me know they have been there, done that, and survived to tell the tales ... and, their children are living good, adult Christian lives.
Sitting in the back, staring toward the front of the chapel, I wondered - how can we encourage families with small children to sit at the front? I'd love for small children to see the action at the altar, rather than the rears of the adults in front of them! Where do *you* prefer to sit during church?
I got nothing out of Mass today, and yet, I received so many gifts...!