Sunday, October 17, 2010
I presided and preached at mass this morning. I do appreciate the weeks Fr. Anthony preaches, for it means a break from preparing a weekend homily. But, I feel more connected to the congregation when I reflect on our lives here at St. Joseph’s in light of the scriptures.
Afterwards, I had brunch with the Dennis Home (1st – 3rd grade) girls. In between mass and the meal, the children got out their toys and played “restaurant” with the pretend foods from the toy box. I sat down for tea with a cup the size of a thimble, and rubbed my tummy in appreciation of the plastic burgers, potatoes and scrambled eggs they took turns bringing me.
Someone gave the home a beautiful book of children’s mealtime prayers. It was Nateela’s turn to lead the prayer, and she searched the book for a good one to use. She’s only a first grader, and some of the words stretched her phonics abilities, but we kept reading and practicing until she had it down well in time for grace. Motivation and practical applications like that sure gives a child greater desire to learn.