Reasons Not To Let Kids Have Holy Water…

... Our poor cat. First there was the baptism by full immersion. Now my son is performing exorcisms, convinced the cat is possessed.Pretty much any excuse to throw water on a cat. … [Read more...]

The mind of a boy…

... So I was sitting around the dinner table talking Catholic shop with The Boy when I mentioned Castel Gandolfo. To which he replied in a thunderous voice..."You shall not pass-o!" … [Read more...]

A Ten Year Old’s Take on Peter Jackson’s, The Hobbit…

... For my son's tenth birthday yesterday I took him to see The Hobbit. If the previous Lord of The Rings movies were any indication, there is a lot of walking in The Hobbit. Roughly two hours of walking. It was during one of the many grand and lengthy walking scenes that my son leans over and wonders out loud, "Why doesn't Gandalf just summons those giant birds of his and be done with it?"Which naturally reminded me of this...And at the end, well sort of the "end" [spoiler alert] … [Read more...]

“Some of you will be become priests”…

... 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”…

... 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…

... 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...]