I brought my four year old to the 11 a.m. Mass this morning. All my other children were there already with their parish school. It was a nice Mass and my oldest is in the choir.
Our pastor talked during the homily about the Ten Commandments and hit the biggies like not killing or coveting or stealing. And then he talked about Purgatory and compared it to when kids are being punished by their parents by not getting dessert or no television but it doesn’t mean their parents don’t love them.
After Mass we walked back to the car, just me and the four year old as the other guys had to go back to school, and she looked up at me said, “You gonna’ ask me the question?”
After Mass on Sunday, I typically quiz the kids about the gospel and the homily. Typically, the older kids answer but this time the four year old clearly wanted to show off that she’d been paying attention at Mass.
“OK,” I asked her. “What was the homily about?”
“If I kill someone I don’t get dessert,” she said.
“That’s a very true statement,” I said. “You definitely wouldn’t get dessert that night.”
As we got into the van she reminded me that she hadn’t killed anybody that day so maybe we could go to Dairy Queen.
I said sure. We even got sprinkles.
November 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm
Haha..well, if you're going to take anything away from a homily..
November 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm
November 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm
The day is young…
November 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm
Clever little woman!
November 4, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Yeah, I'd say she's got you figured out.
November 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm
One down, nine to go. Let's hope that the ice cream incentive still works after the hormones kick in and the Sixth Commandment's in play.
November 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm
🙂 I'd definitely not kill anyone for dessert!
November 5, 2011 at 1:25 am
In Rockville MD, tomorrow evening, MD NARAL is hosting a fundraiser called "Chocolates for Choice". They're literally killing babies for dessert! Yes, we are picketing it, so if you're in the area, drop on by!
November 5, 2011 at 1:59 am
Hilarious!! You might want to keep it on the DL that you took your youngest to DQ for not murdering anyone today. Her siblings might get jealous and possibly attempt to dishonor their stay-at-home father if they hear about the alternative commandment:) Thanks for sharing!!
November 5, 2011 at 2:47 am
@Anthony S. Layne:
It is the duty of the state to protect and defend the civil rights of every virgin, and innocent person. Every person is entitled to the support of the community in maintaining his pursuit of Happiness which is his journey into eternal life, his destiny. Pornography, vice of every sort curtails a person's freedom to pursue his eternal destiny. Wishes for a good life for the little one.
November 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Cute story. But sadly there are many grown-ups who think that way. Many of my Catholic friends think that just because they "haven't killed anyone", they are good people therefore Mass, Sacraments etc. are not necessary. Easter and Christmas covers it all for them…
November 7, 2011 at 1:11 am
The child that I love. sigh.
November 7, 2011 at 2:53 am
Now that is just too cute!