They were always with us, balancing in laps and perched atop knees. Even at a young age we wanted them to be present, pointing out the transfiguration– to see why it is that we believe. Yes, there was fidgeting and many a trip exiting a pew, even shrieks in paused silence, but it was all endured for love.
As they grew, and the promise of swaying in mother’s or father’s arms was no longer a desired prize, this little bag became a required accessory.
Toted along on Sunday mornings, this small canvas bag, (affectionately termed a Prayer Purse by my daughter, and then a Bible Bag by my son), is full of things to keep them engaged in the Mass. With prayer cards, a large beaded rosary, a child’s mass missal, and a book of The Word, idle hands are kept busy, always being pointed back at Him.
With Sunday just around the corner, and knowing how hard it is to calm a squirming little tot, I’ve decided to gift one of you lovely readers with a Mass Bag (or Prayer Purse, or Bible Bag…… ). All you have to do to enter is leave a comment before Friday @ 12:00 p.m. CST, sharing how you help to keep your little ones attentive in Mass: Do you have a similar Mass Bag or do you bribe ’em with Cheerios? Is it the promise of donuts after Mass or ice cream for desert? Hey, whatever works, help encourage the rest of us and share it!