I’m over at Austin Catholic New Media today chatting about how well (or not) your Easter Mass may have gone. Here’s a snippet:
Easter Mass is supposed to conjure up images of Christ’s Resurrection, Easter lilies, Alleluia’s and white vestments. For some, though, it’s a test of patience and faith.
While it’s not the Superbowl of Masses, like the Easter Vigil, it’s typically a little longer than the normal one hour Mass and attendance is usually a lot higher. As the mom of five, I could write a book on all the things we’ve learned to do and not to do at Mass. It’s a tenuous balance and every child requires a different approach. Some Sunday’s we consider it a raving success if we make it to the homily with no major catastrophe. That’s why, when a friend recently emailed me and shared her Easter Mass experience, I wasn’t too shocked at a recent parent’s attempt at keeping the peace. Horrified, yes. But not surprised.
It seems as if this mom brought her two boys, ages 5 and 6, to the “cry room.” But, instead of giving them an opportunity to participate in the Mass before pulling out a few tricks, she whipped out two DVD players and hit play. Um, WHAT? It seems that when the movies got too loud, she was at least thoughtful enough to bring along headphones. Oh, and don’t forget the food! She brought along suckers for her two little guys.
When do we draw the line? Do we say something? Do we thank God they were there? Or, were they really? Should I be judging this mom without knowing the full story?
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