This is a new section entitled Sunday Musings. It consists of thoughts, observations, and experiences that I have during or immediately after Sunday Mass.
It is a semi-regular feature; I will update it on Sundays as I feel inspired to do so.
1. When Babies Cry
During the homily this morning, a baby started screaming. Not uncommon during Mass. However, parents are usually quick to exit the sanctuary so as not to disturb others.
This is for other parishioners, though: Don’t gawk at the screaming babies. Because, most importantly, you are letting your attention drift from the homily to the crying baby. And then, you and your spouse discuss for a moment longer how annoying the situation is. By that time, you have missed out on the important message of the homily.
So, the next time a child goes ballistic, just stay focused on worship; the parents will remove the child soon enough. If not, then the ushers will step in.
2. Lose the Banjo During Mass!
Do I really need to elaborate?
I know this is Texas, but come on. It’s distracting and ruins the sacred hymns.
3. Come to Church with a Pure Heart
By this I mean one that is free of sin. When I am knee-deep in lust and pornography, I can’t quite connect to the Mass (duh).
This morning, I had chills as I approached the altar to receive the Eucharist. Being vigilant toward sin and keeping it out of our lives makes a huge difference in our perspective on all that is holy.
So, make every effort to avoid sin. You will experience the difference.
4. Accompany Your Kid to the Restroom
An announcement is made every weekend before Mass, reminding parents to accompany their children to the restrooms. And every week, I see four, five, and six year olds alone in there.
This morning, I was, ahem, occupied in a stall with the public restroom all to myself. I heard the men’s door open very slowly. A boy, about five years old, had just come in by himself. No sign of any parents.
Parents: I could have been a pedophile (which I’m not) waiting to pounce on your son.
Obey the announcements!
A Bit Off-Topic
5. A Great Time for Breaking & Entering
If you want to try B & E and get away with it, chances are you’ll succeed on Sunday mornings in my sleepy little town.
After Mass, the security alarm for a medical office across the street began piercing the calm Sunday morning air. Man, was it loud. Lots of gawkers. After about five minutes, I decided to call 911.
According to the dispatcher, no one had called it in yet. She said it would be 15 minutes before a police car would arrive.
I went back into church, and when I came out about 20 minutes later, the police car pulled up.