Barbarian Meets St. Peter’s Fifth Grader

Barbarian meets St. Peters 5th grade girl

OK, she wasn’t a fifth grader here, but she could have been, nor was he a barbarian (The rest of the story is true.) It was Saturday night and at the family reunion a generally unchurched fellow found himself mixing with a Catholic family, much like many of our families.  The ten-year old who was “all boy” heard that some of those gathered for the weekend would be going to Mass on Sunday morning; he was welcomed to come along.  “Mass, what’s that?” he asked.

“Well, it’s ‘church’; we go to pray and learn about Jesus,” was the response from the mom present.

“You have to sit very still for a whole hour,” the little girl chimed in, thinking this would be nearly impossible.

“I think I’ll pass,” the little fellow said.

The next morning, the five minute warning went up, “You have a few minutes to finish up whatever you are doing so you can get ready for church.”

The little fellow says, “I’m going, too, I love Jesus and you can always learn a little more about Him,” and off they went.

New evangelization takes many forms, let’s not miss our chance, even though we mess up occasionally (which I do regularly).  Thanks be to God we get to start again.

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