A friend in Florida sent this my way, with an explanation:
Samuel Jaramillo from Medellin, Colombia; 3 yrs. old, orphan of both parents. Being raised by his grandmother, who attends daily Mass with him since he was a baby. On his wish list last Christmas – a Mass kit. And look what happened next. And all the prayers done by memory.
UPDATE: A reader writes:
As darling as this little boy is, isn’t this against Catholic doctrine? When I was in grammar school (at least 100 years ago – I’m surprised I remember it) the nuns told us that we were NEVER to imitate the Priest – that what he does is only allowed to him. In fact just last year the issue came up when a number of our congregation were raising their hands when the Priest raised his. Pastor told us that this is not allowed.
It is certainly a fine line – you don’t want to stop the obvious piety of the child but doctrine is doctrine.
Fr. Z answered a question about this some time back:
It is not a sin for children to “play Mass”. As a matter of fact, I think it’s great… for boys.
The only problem I can think of is if, as they got older, they would be less than respectful of what they were imitating.