"Let love be sincere;
hate what is evil,
hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor."
You see?!?! It's my blog name! Our friend Father Steve wrote on my facebook wall, 'Happy Blog Name Day!". And, Father Paul apparently gave a shout-out in his homily (pretty much famous eh?!?!).
But here's the thing, had I been at Mass (which I wasn't), there is a good chance I wouldn't have even heard the reading. Wanna know why? Because I have three beautiful blessings from the Lord who ensure that Mass is no longer even kind of about me paying attention. Getting there is a fiasco, we end up frazzled and let's not lie, our little angles sometimes are the opposite during the sacrifice of the Mass. I would like to give you a glimpse of our current worship.
On Sunday, we went to a beautiful Church in Greektown Detroit. We meant to get there early so that we could go to confession. That didn't happen. BUT, we did get there on time. SCORE! We get to a pew and the first thing that happens is we misjudged the width of the pew, and the car seat went tumbling, off the pew, with our baby in it (strapped, praise Jesus). It was pretty much downhill from there. Crying, whining, taking kids out of the Mass for discipline in a relay-race-like rotation.
"Tag, you're it- take Joey in the back"
"Tag, you're it- if you don't get this kid out of here, I am going to lose it"
It was by far the worst behaved the little
So TALK TO ME!
I see you, expert parents, who have toddlers playing Mass in the family room during the week, because somehow you have gotten your babies to not only pay attention, but to be able to mimic the movements of the Mass!
I see you, parents who's children are sitting quietly on your laps, either sleeping or staring.
I see you aunts, uncles, friends, who enjoy bringing children you love to worship services as I once did ("I can't believe you don't adore taking your kids to Mass"-I think was an exact quote of mine to my sister with three children...before I had children).
TALK TO ME
What are your tried and true secrets for making Mass more enjoyable with babies? What tricks do you have? What do you do during the week, to encourage good behavior on Sunday? What do you bring with you? HELP!!!!
Something to note, we don't bring snacks and we don't love the cry room. I'd kind of like to avoid both of those things, but I am open to you telling me I am an idiot.
That is all! :)