“Some of you will be become priests”…

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... I can tell my son about the importance of prayer and lead by example all day long but my words and actions will never have the same deeply profound impact as it would coming from his father. The reality is his father was rabidly anti-Catholic and hasn't been around in eight years. It's been a hidden suspicion of mine that he'll view practicing his faith as womanly, since I'm his only example. And I can be a poor one at times. St. Monica I am not.I am always immensely grateful when … [Read more...]

The apple doesn’t fall far…

... About three days ago my son published this on his own blog;"Have you seen the commercial with Smokey the Bear saying "only you can prevent forest fires"? Every time I see it I laugh because it's so stupid. I mean it really is when you think about it. I'm only in 4th grade and even I know that the four main causes of wildfires are lightning, volcanic eruptions, spontaneous combustion, and rockfall sparks. I don't have any control over any of those things. I thought the causes of forest … [Read more...]

Just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they are incapable of singing “Ave Maria”…

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... When my son told me the children's choir was performing Lord of the Dance at mass this weekend I was a tab bit confused...The Boy: No, it's a real song.The Mom: Really? A song called 'Lord of the Dance'? Will there be tambourines involved?The Boy: Noooooo. Just a guitar maybe.The Mom: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Well, let's hear this 'Lord of the Dance'The Boy:♩♪♫♬ I danced in the morning when the world was begun. I danced on the moon and the stars and the sun. ♩♪♫♬ … [Read more...]

clever boy…

I miss my childhood before George Lucas ruined it all with prequels and shit

... A friend asked my son if he was going to see the Star Wars movie in 3-D and he looked thoughtful for a moment then plainly replied, "I don't think Jar Jar Binks in 3-D would be too entertaining. No. I'll pass."So we went to see Journey 2 the Mysterious Island instead because George Lucas sold his soul and Jules Verne commands more respect in our household.This was my childhood; full of science fiction-y whimsy. Note the joy on the child's face is in direct correlation with the … [Read more...]

taking back my saints one holiday at a time…

... Tomorrow my son will be forced to endure another classroom party and be the unwilling witness to the character assassination of good St. Valentine. When I think of what the hippies did to poor St. Francis I get angry, Jesus style.He has to bring in 18 of those little Valentine cards to share with his class and pass out to the other kids while us parents have to bring in cupcakes and pink food. I'm sure my sweet suffering child will have to make construction paper hearts and some … [Read more...]

the purpose of fasting before mass explained by my son…

... After mass this past weekend my son informed me of something profound he just discovered; the practicality of the required fast before mass. … [Read more...]

St. Lucy…

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... I'm wondering how gruesome I should get with the class project at my son's public school. This week they are learning how different cultures celebrate Christmas. Surprisingly, they've also included St. Nicholas Day and Las Posadas. I was volunteered to organize the St. Lucy's Day craft. Here is what they recommend... a little bland for my taste. I'm thinking cakes that look like eyeballs, lots of candles and fire, and a nice heart warming story about martyrdom and preserving virginity. … [Read more...]

and nothing caught fire…

... Normal blogging will resume after this brief moment of parental pride.Tonight The Boy served mass for the first time. I'm not sure who was more nervous but I can proudly say that no altar linens were set ablaze. That is all.Side note; when I posted these and other photos on my facebook page a few commented wanting to know if this was a mass in extraordinary form. Nope. It's just a regular solemnly celebrated novus ordo mass at my wonderful parish. A vigil mass no less. … [Read more...]

apparently there is a time and place for down-twinkles…

... My son had quite an eventful day today. Now I have to make an appearance at the principal's office. Luckily, for your amusement, he blogged about it. My mom and her friend went to see the people living in tents downtown. She said they were down there protesting being poor and that they hate the government and taking showers or something like that. She told me about their hand signals and we watched a youtube video. We thought the twinkle fingers were really funny. Anyway, my new teacher … [Read more...]


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