|Solomon Kadavoor - artist|
"Good fortune?" you say. Sounds horrible. Kids are so distracting. Put 'em in the nursery.
Nope. We sit up in the front pew, and always invite parents with young kids to come and sit with us. Having raised 5 hyper kids, we can pretty much ignore anything, plus kids do much better when they can see what's going on.
I have to admit, I wanted the toddler to act up a bit so I could whisper to the dad, "I'll watch the baby if you have to take him out."
Instead, we saw something rather remarkable.
Oh, the toddler (not quite 2) was a toddler. He was a bit anty. He wasn't quite sure that he liked seeing his mommy in front, cantoring, where he couldn't get to her. He whined and fussed a bit.
But during the Consecration, his enormous blue eyes locked onto the priest. That baby boy saw Jesus up there. You could just tell. You know, those little souls are so close to Heaven; they remember more than we do. That boy couldn't tell you what he was seeing, but he knew. He knew.
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them,but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went away. (Mt. 19: 13-15)