If you thought only the Vatican did exorcisms, think again.
Last week, our after-school routine slowly imploded. By Thursday the wheels had come off and no one was being nice to one another. I knew it was particularly bad when I heard Will come running downstairs and then saw him wiping water from his head. “That’s weird,” I thought.
That’s when Anna-Laura rounded the corner with a half-empty bottle of Holy Water.
Her defense? “Will was being so mean so I threw this water on him.”
Instead of busting out laughing (which I really wanted to do by the way), I used it as a catechetical moment and shared with Anna-Laura that no matter how well intentioned you are about pouring Holy Water on a sibling, that’s not an appropriate use. We should dispose of the water in a living thing, like a plant or the grass. The water is a reminder of our baptism and should not to be used as a tool for an exorcism.
I’m hoping that God got a good chuckle, too. As Steve Martin says, “Funny, but wrong.”