Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sadie's Saturday Morning Nun Talk

She's impatiently awaiting the day...
Last week when we slipped in from the narthex and walked forward to receive the Eucharist I had my hands full.  Paul had Patrick but Maggie was in exceptionally fine form and while she usually tries to rush up to attempt to abscond with her own Eucharist, on that particular Sunday she was adamant that we weren't going forward.  She was noisy and wild and it was taking all of my attention to get her down the aisle without bumping into anyone while trying to hush her at the same time.

Finally we made it to the priest and I received and turned to go.  I made it a few steps before realizing that Sadie was no longer beside me.  Turning I saw her standing there, smack dab in the middle of both lines, face bright, staring at the chalice.

"Sadie!"  I whispered as her sister attempted to escape and drag me down the aisle, but I got no response.  She was in her own little world, her attention fixed on who was before her.  "Sadie!"

Finally Paul, who was thankfully behind us, put his hand on her shoulder and said her name softly, which snapped her back to the world in which she needed to walk back with us to the narthex.  She turned, looked surprised, and hurried after me.

Later, in the car, as we navigated through the thickly falling snow, we talked about that moment, which was so reminiscent of her attempts when she was three (and four) to convince every single priest she came across that she was old enough to receive, by kneeling and tilting back her little head and extending her little tongue.  Paul who'd been behind her, had thought she'd been trying to receive but I shook my head.  "I don't think so.  Her tongue wasn't out.  And her arms were crossed."

Finally Sadie, giggling and eyes still bright, said that she'd been daydreaming.  When asked she said that yes, it was about Jesus and when Paul asked if she was telling us what really happened she said that yes she really was.

I think someone might be big enough to appreciate going to adoration occasionally...  She's going to be so excited when it's finally time for her first communion!


  1. What a little love! She must bring Jesus such joy!

  2. Peeking out of lurkdom to say congratulations!

  3. Whenever you tell about her, I think of St. Theresa the Little Flower and her great love of Jesus even as a child. I love to hear about such innocent pure love of Jesus. What a consolation she must be to the heart of God, with her longing for Jesus.
    God bless you and your family. ~ Bonnie

  4. You know, I have been thinking about Sadie and her desire for the Eucharist, and it brought to mind this prayer (by St. Alphonsus) often recommended to be said when you are unable to receive communion, like when watching Mass on T.V., or listening to the Mass on the radio, and I thought maybe you could teach Sadie some version of this: "My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You have already come, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
    Just a thought.
    God Bless. ~ Bonnie

  5. Is Sadie still looking for blue nuns?


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