So, Saturday afternoon I was sitting with two of my daughters watching How to Train Your Dragon when mrangelmeg came into the room and asked if we wanted to go to Mass that night and sleep in on Sunday morning. We all looked at each other and said, sure. We stopped the tape and went got ready for Mass. When we were ready to leave we realized that our amazing autistic daughter hadn't yet come out of her room.
When I asked if she was ready to leave she said no, she wasn't planning on coming to Mass with us. So since we had to leave immediately to get there on time we left without her. But this is where my Swiss Cheese memory comes in to play. As soon as we sat down in Church my angelbaby looked over at me and said, "Mom, we are supposed to sing at ten o'clock Mass tomorrow." I just chuckled and said, "Well I guess we get to go to Mass twice this weekend then."
Does everyone remember what the lesson of the readings was though? It was about our responsibility in giving fraternal correction when needed. And Fr. used as an example from his own life going to Mass as one of the times when it is our chance to help people who don't go to Mass to want to come to Mass.
So, when we got home, over dinner we told Molly that Fr. Tom had talked about her during his homily. She asked what he had said about her but we told her that she would have to come to ten o'clock Mass when we went to sing in the choir to find out what he had said. She was so intrigued, that she was up, dressed and waiting for us when we were ready to leave in the morning.
After Mass as we were driving home I asked her if she heard what Fr. had said about her. She said, "Yes, he said, it is important to go to Mass." It was a great lesson, thanks to my Swiss cheese memory and a great homily by our parish priest and a lazy daughter who will probably not miss another mass for a while.