Caitlin O’Rourke on Lent

Guest blogger Caitlin O’Rourke is a member of St Bridget’s, Church, High Dudgeon, New Jersey. Caitlin is ten years old.

Yesterday after school we went to Grandma’s grave in the cemetery after Mass which was for her anniversary and we took flowers and trimmed the grass over her grave and the red tulip I planted has come up and I told Flora that I planted the red tulip because it was the flower that reminded me of the cherry Tootsie pops that Grandma always used to save for me but I haven’t had any because I gave up candy for Lent again this year and you’ll never believe this but Flora asked Jimmy Pochowski what he gave up for Lent and he told Flora that he gave up bacon and hamburgers for Lent and Flora didn’t believe him but Arnold said it was true and even if Jimmy Pochowski calls me Fatty Catty I think it is pretty good that he gives up hamburgers and bacon for Lent so anyway after we went to Grandma’s grave and I saw the red tulip we stopped at the drive in to get some lunch and you’ll never believe it but Jimmy Pochowski was in there and it was a Friday and everything and he was eating a big huge hamburger so I went over to him and asked him what he was doing eating a hamburger on a Friday in Lent and he told me to mind my own business and I could see he was really mad at me and his mom’s eyes were red like she was crying so I maybe they were fighting because Jimmy was bad again like he always is and he makes his Mom cry all the time because he gets detentions and one time he even put an envelope full of dog mess on Sister’s chair and she at on it and it squooshed on her habit and smelled really bad and him and Arnold almost got expelled so when I saw Father Florsheim I told him I saw Jimmy eating a big bacon cheeseburger in Burger King and Father Florsheim didn’t even care and told me that I shouldn’t judge Jimmy and maybe there were other things I didn’t know and he seemed mad at me too and Father Florsheim is always nice to everybody so when I got home I felt bad and told Mom what happened and then she was crying too and it’s like everybody is mad at me and sad and crying and I don’t even know why so she made me sit down and told me that Jimmy is very sick right now and the doctor told him he had to eat more or his stomach would get more sick so I went to my room and just sat there and now I feel like Our Lord in the Wilderness and I think Mom is mad at me too and Flora doesn’t even know so I think I am going to go to adoration with Dad tonight and light a candle before the Blessed Mother and the Infant of Prague because Father Florsheim says that is the child Jesus and children should pray to him more and I will say the rosary for for Jimmy and Mrs Pochowski because maybe that is why she was crying.

  • Nick

    Some formatting to break up the solid text would not go amiss! :)

    • Dr. Eric

      I see that you are a first time reader of Miss O’Rourke’s posts. Her entries are one long run on sentence. It’s very cute, it’s like how my children speak.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    Welcome to Caitlin O’Rourke’s world. She writes as she speaks–breathlessly and without punctuation.

  • whimsy

    Poor Caity. She knows people are mad at her because the boy was sick, but she was still trying to do the right thing, even if she was being tattle-y about it.

    And she doesn’t get that he’s sick, sick, not just chicken pox sick.

    This reminds me of that time when she went to camp.

    God’s got big plans for her! :-)

  • Curtis

    How often we judge others for that which we fail to do ourselves. This little girl has truly shown us what Christ said about a child shall lead them.

  • priest’s wife (@byzcathwife)

    Father, I think being on patheos will bring more people around- just wait until that guy with the community college degree (forget the name-can picture the face) does a guest post!

  • lethargic

    God bless Caitlin and Jimmy and their moms! Love them all…

  • The Crescat

    Caitlin is betrothed to my son.

    • Whimsy

      Well, then. I guess He does have big plans for Caity. Her MIL will make her a saint! :-)

  • The Crescat

    Caitlin is betrothed to my son.

  • The Egyptian

    Just wait till you meet the rest of the cast, he must drive his wife nuts I’ll bet Fr talks in his sleep and his poor suffering wife has to figure out who she is listening to,