Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Blessed Candlemas Day!
Empathize with me please, friends, you who have ever:
* Winced watching an altar boy (especially if he was related to you) trying to set the church afire while lighting the high Mass candles.
Let us say it together: Look out there! Child, playing with fire!
* Leaped over several children during Holy Saturday ceremonies to reach the kid at the end of the pew who is about to catch on fire the chapel veil of the woman in front of him .
I Say Again: Look out there, child, playing with fire!
* Sent up heartfelt prayers for the Holy Ghost's intercession as the smell of burnt hair wafted past with the First Communicants carrying their lighted candles as they processed up the aisle.
Say it, friends: Look out there! Child playing with fire!
* Watched helplessly from the back pew while a young person, uninitiated in the ways of fire and physics, tried to re-light a half-burned seven-day candle by putting her hand in the jar with a short paper match.
I Say: Look out there, child, playing with fire!
And let us have peace among us, because we do have one consolation:
WE KNOW THAT AT LEAST THEY WERE ALL BLESSED CANDLES!