Thursday, October 23, 2014
I was in a mountain community recently for Sunday mass. Deacon Chris was assisting me. He arrived early to set up some, and then sat in the front pew, quietly, meditating with his eyes closed. I continued to walk about in my own preparation. When I glanced over again in his direction, he had his arms around his two young granddaughters, who were sitting just as quietly as he was, in meditation. They did not fidget or look around bored. They love grandpa. Grandpa loves them. Grandpa meditates. Lets meditate with grandpa. This is another example of "how to" pass on the faith/Catholic culture that is part of us. It is one thing to say Jesus loves you, or God loves you. Children need hands on love, and if you can give it in the church building it will have an influence. It is passing on the faith. In this instance, it is passing on the faith "from the heart" and not with a book. Turns out the two girls were also the altar servers.