My brother gave me a small book of the Gospels and Psalms that belonged to our late father, along with his Rosary beads, to give to my 8-year-old, Patrick.
Last night, just before dinner, Patrick announced that he would say the Grace Before Meals. He solemnly opened my father's prayer book and studiously found his page. Patrick looked up and asked, "Is everybody ready?" Then he began, "In the Name of the Father, and . . ."
After the family made the Sign of the Cross, Patrick opened to the page he had marked with his fork. He cleared his throat. "Okay . . . 'For God so loved the world . . .'" Patrick read all through John 3:16, without stumbling over any word.
Finishing, Patrick looked up. "Amen."
"Amen," we all agreed.
Pray for vocations.