Looking for a resolution you can stick to in the New Year? How about modeling humility?
You know how most Catholics prefer to sit toward the back third of the Church? Not my family; we sit in the front pew. For one thing, the pew at the front is almost always available. For another, it helps my kids (and me) pay attention when we can actually see what’s going on. The problem, as you might imagine, is that the boys behavior is on public display.
As this post is about modeling humility–not perfectly behaved children at Mass–I’d like to make it clear: we don’t have that good-behavior thing down. I’ve made two-steps-forward, one-step-back progress with regards to Church-behavior, but we are far from having “arrived.”
- I finally realized that growling whispered threats between pursed lips to SIT-STILL-AND-BE-QUIET was probably not helping them to develop a positive attitude toward Mass. So I changed my language: Everything we say and do at Mass needs to show respect and reverence to God.
- I encourage my boys to use the Magnifikid or the Missalette to follow the Readings as well as all the rest of the Mass prayers. Because participation shows reverence and respect.