Friday, July 3, 2009

Things in the Shire are Made to Endure

Today, in my usual unemployment visit to daily Mass, I saw one of the most encouraging scenes I have seen in some time. There are usually two older gentlemen, in their 70s and 80s respectively that serve for Father every morning. Today however, they were training a new alter server, age 9. It was the perfect example of how parents nurture the faith in their children and grandchildren. Grandfathers passing on traditions to grandsons as their grandfathers did for them. It was so funny to see the two older gentlemen pointing to where the boy should kneel, where he should put the Chalice, how to genuflect or bow, etc. And the boy was so concerned about doing everything just right.

I'm not quite sure why, but it comforted me in a way. The best I can describe is by saying it makes me feel better knowing that there are places in the world where grandfathers still teach their grandsons what is true, what is good, how to live. For these are the most worthy of lessons, I believe.


Quote of the Day:
“I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.”
-Wendell Berry

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Back in the day you were an attentive, A1 Alter server!!

If you are ever at a daily Mass with none, why not go up and see what you remember?