Lent kicked off this week, with Ash Wednesday. Mindful of the fact that many of the younger members of the congregation will have missed going to mass on the Wednesday (what with parental work commitments and so on), our parish priest invited the children into the first half of today’s Mass, and did the slightly right on thing.
You know: what’s Ash Wednesday about? What could you do for lent? What might you give up? (apparently none of them would give up TV).
Cue loads of tongue-tied kids unable to string two words together.
Afterward, the boy looked thoughtful (twas another of those winnie the pooh moments): so God is against fighting and the Devil is in favour of it?
“Well, in that case, I’m with the devil”.
Oh dear. I don’t think that was quite the intended lesson.
Unsure whether to point out that Christians have done a fair bit of killing and fighting down the ages too, or to attempt to convince the boy that fighting is generally a bad thing. I suspect the former might be easier – but less “politically correct” as far as church doctrine is concerned