The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good: At Mass last night, William pointed to Mary (we have a statue of Our Lady of the Eucharist in the sanctuary) and said, “Look, Mommy, that’s you!”


The Bad: The kids would not sit still. By the end of the evening I was utterly exhausted, and I barely heard a word of Father Hans’ homily because I was too busy trying to get my obnoxious children to sit quietly so they weren’t disturbing others. I’m so glad I have Collin’s help kid-wrangling during Sunday Mass. (He had taken them to the 7am Mass, as it was the only time that accommodated his work schedule.)


The Ugly: William had a bottle of flavored water left over from supper (which we had in the church hall with the RE group before Mass), and right before the distribution of the Eucharist, he spilled it all over the floor. (I think Elanor was trying to take it from him at the time.) I could have died from embarrassment, and unfortunately I swore (under my breath, thank goodness, but still). A kind lady a few pews over ran to the bathroom, grabbed some paper towels, and helped me wipe it up. I missed receiving the Eucharist, but that’s probably a good thing as the swearing means I need to make it to Reconciliation soon.


  1. Oh, is it bad that I smiled when reading this????? We had a nightmare with the boys at mass yesterday, but not quite as bad as this! :)

  2. It's so fitting that I was reading this last night! I took 4 of the kids to Mass at 5:00, Mike kept the baby and one sick one home. I was a little nervous to have the 2 1/2 year old and the 5 year old without Daddy there to keep them in line, but I took it on. We lasted til halfway through the homily, then I took them outside. We came back in during the Creed with high hopes after many promises of good behavior. That lasted about 35 seconds. I was so frustrated, embarrassed and angry. I prayed, "Dear Jesus, I want to receive but I don't currently have the proper disposition of heart, so please send your peace and a load of patience, so that I may receive you." Instantaneous peace infusion and miraculous patience instillation followed. Not all prayers are answered this quickly and decisively, it was an amazing moment. God is good. I am not worthy.


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