Friday, June 1, 2012
Courage Of Convictions
We did it! 9 first Friday Masses in a row! Hooray for us! I can't think of anything that gives my heart greater joy than seeing my children embracing their faith. It is a beautiful thing. I will tell you a story about this. Last weekend, two of my teenage boys were 3 states away in a competitive tournament. They were on different teams and never even saw each other. We as parents could not go, there were too many other kids with schedules at home. So we let the kids go with their teams without us. This was a new venture for all of us, meaning the boys would have the responsibility of taking care of everything themselves. And there was a boardwalk. Temptations. Lots of teenage boys. The tournament was also on Sunday and the boys knew they had to go to Mass. Even if it meant a forfeit. This was a challenge. They didn't have a car , any knowledge of the area, and had committed to a team schedule. They told their coaches about Sunday Mass before they committed to this whole weekend. I don't know if anyone really believed or understood Mass was the priority and thought they would deal with it if it happened. The other kids and maybe the coaches thought this was a little extreme that in the middle of a tournament they are concerned about a Mass schedule. Seems ridiculous to think missing one Sunday would destine them to the fires of hell. And Catholics have to lighten up on all these rigid rules too. And there has to be a travel exception somewhere in your religious commandments, and this would qualify. The boys heard what they were saying. And told them they have to go to Mass. Then demonstrated by example what it means to prioritize, and they ran, literally, to church. Seems to me preaching the Gospel without words is the best way to preach.
Posted by Annmarie Pipa at 4:33 PM