Talk about feeling good about a day. As a cradle Catholic and being more in the know than many Catholics that I know, today marks my graduation from hum-drum Catholic to real live, ready for the Vatican-type Catholic!
Our 13 year old daughter, who plays the violin beautifully, was asked to play for the Bishop as he visited a nearby parish today. I beamed as we watched her playing as the bishop processed to the altar.
During the time before Mass began, my youngest daughter dared me to kiss the bishop's ring, reading that in something recently, I took the bait. Actually, knowing the the pope wants the American Catholics to return to kneeling and receiving communion on the tongue, I dared her back that she receive....as I will, on the tongue. She chickened out on the communion reception, but I persevered. Knowing that I am the example for my children, who have been Americanized in their Catholic worship practices (as I have been), I put myself on the block and said, "Do as I am doing, girls." They both didn't, but they saw me receive communion on my tongue.
After Mass, there was time to meet and greet the bishop. When it was our time to speak to the him, he complimented my violinist and asked both girls' names. When it was my turn, he smiled as I gently took his hand and kissed his ring.
They are in awe. Step 1 completed.