Lovedating ru

So through her clunking and awkward questions and noise, just know that by her being there in Mass, she knows Jesus.Every week now she asks to go take her walker and stand by Jesus’ door.I wondered to myself, Often times, our kids pick up a lot more than we think at Mass.I know I’m shocked by what my older four kids sometimes tell me from just hearing things over and over, but I was even more shocked by Meagan that day.When her four older sisters were toddlers or younger, of course they went through the things we typically go through with those ages.The squirming, the restlessness, the wanting to move, the tantrums, the frustrations, the noise making…and the list goes on.So I challenge everyone to take a breath, or even better, say a prayer, for that child that may be too loud, too awkward, too boisterous during Mass – it could be Meagan or someone like her just trying to find their way.

Eventually, we see these challenges subside, one at a time and we see their understanding grow. At some point when looking back, it will seem like the blink of an eye.I kept trying to steer her back down the aisle because she kept trying to go in this narrow passage to a door at the back.The door had glass and I was trying to keep her away from potential disaster.She’s helped me to see that maybe sometimes, I just need to stand in front of Jesus’ door and enjoy His presence in my life.Molly is a cradle Catholic, wife, and mother of 5 girls.She seemed more content to be on her walker, but it is very loud.She loves to move, now that she can move, but she has little steering capability and absolutely no awareness of objects or people in her way.My older children probably don’t even realize that, yet Meagan knew – she just knew His presence and wanted to be close. She is still clunking her big leg braces between the pews, or slamming her walker in to the wall or pillars, or constantly talking, not understanding how to whisper or be quiet, or on bad days arching backwards with head pain I don’t even want to imagine.But I ask other parents, and other Catholics in general, to be patient.To the regular eye that glances our way, it may not appear Meagan has “challenges,” and I know how sometimes we are quick to judge, especially during Mass when children are loud.We are so thankful we have such wonderful parishioners who, so far, have been extremely patient and accommodating to her and us, but we know this is not the case everywhere.

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