Life is filled with different experiences and those experiences are magnified by the milestones we reach at each stage in our faith at Catholics. Here’s some of the greatest joys for the Catholic at every age.
There are no good parts. First some dude is dunking you in a tiny pool, then your mother is attempting to calm you down the hour during which you want to be the noisiest. At least there are plenty of smiling strangers who want to make faces at you.
Strangers smiling at me endearingly during mass; practically partners in crime, too. Oh and those coloring pages they give you when you walk in! So fun! Plus crawling all over and under the pews practically makes you a gymnastics prodigy! Mom’s cell phone is about the best thing that ever happened, though.
4-7 Years old
Children’s Liturgy of the Word! They let you go somewhere you don’t have to keep quiet and you get a cool coloring page. And those Sundays where they have donuts and juice after mass, hashtag amazing!
8 to 10 years old
First Reconciliation and First Communion and being able to receive Communion every time you go to Mass now! Children’s Liturgy of the Word is still pretty cool, but they give out the same coloring sheets every year. When the pastor pulls the altar servers out of class to help with something in the Church.
11 to 14 years old
Preparing to be an “adult” in the Church via Confirmation. Helping out at Mass is still pretty special; bringing up the gifts or being lector allows you to feel a part of something bigger.
Youth Group is sick. Hashtag LifeTeen! Also the ministries you helped out with as a kid take on a whole new meaning as you discover your passions for service, leadership, music… Whatever it may be! Helping out in the parish certainly creates a deeper connection to the faith of which you finally feel some ownership.
You’re just trying to get the motivation to walk across campus to Mass on Sunday nights and you’re mostly going because there’s ice cream after. Hashtag BadCatholic!
Alas, newfound energy and understanding of the faith! Often, this is the period of time in which you first become a Godparent which allows for a whole new sense of spiritual responsibility for another human!
Knowing that the sacramental nature of this bond with your partner brings you closer to one another and to Christ! Being open to bringing life into the world, to create a family, and to sustain that family are things that take time, but everyday is wonderful.
Receiving encouragement from the parish “elders,” but also the community in general. Having those around you recognize and understand the challenges of keeping up with your faith while shepherding children by sending you the link to recordings and daily readings you didn’t get to fully concentrate on at Mass because of the little ones. Realizing it is important to expose your children to Mass, even if they won’t understand it for many years, and attend yourself, even if you don’t have to opportunity to participate as fully as you would like.
Not that kind of Middle Age!
Watching your own children and the young people in the Church enter into their faith. Finding confidence in the work that you do for the Church, whether it is just being a parishioner, organizing all the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, or singing in the choir. Taking the Church into the next generation is exciting!
Late in Life
The joy of sharing your faith with the up-and-coming generations, hoping that they might take solace in your struggles and journey. But best of all, watching your Catholic legacy take full flight with numerous Baptisms, First Communions, and so much more. Hashtag… eh, I’m done with electronics!
Constant worship and praise!