When I was a young child, my over-achieving personality kicked into high gear at Christmastime.
My mom used to have a famous line. She’d pull it out any time I was trying to make a big decision or plan something.
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“We should also get her some of those candies she likes.”
The request came in on a Monday. I read the email and just kinda sank in my chair, immediately feeling the weight of wanting to say no but knowing I couldn’t — or wouldn’t — or just wasn’t meant to. The youth minister at our parish had reached out to ask if my husband and I would consider speaking to the parents at the upcoming Confirmation classes (which happened to be a short five days away). The topic she asked us to speak on was “the importance of passing on our faith to our children.”
The attitude of each and every parishioner affects the atmosphere of each individual parish. It is not just the priest who sets the tone.
I thought it would be a good time to share one of my most treasured moments praying the Rosary – the night I was privileged to pray with a then-soon-to-be-on-the-path-to sainthood, devout man of God, the Venerable Father Patrick Peyton.