Letters From a Young Catholic

My reflections as a Catholic young adult passionate about the Faith, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and discerning the will of the Lord in my life.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Next Prime Minister Perhaps?!

Today at catechism we were talking about making the sign of the cross because it was the first prayer we were glueing in our "prayer books" we're making throughout the course of the year. I asked the children when they make the sign of the cross, simply expecting them to say at the start and finish of a prayer. One little girl's answer blew me away though. . . she explained that every day at school (she goes to a public school) they sing O Canada in the morning, and when the anthem is over, her and another Catholic in her class silently make the sign of the cross. I told her that sounded like a great idea and asked her why she decided to do this. . . "Because really, Canada belongs to God!" she said. (As a side note, the lyrics to the national anthem in French make explicit reference to the cross. . . "Car ton bras sait porter l'épée, Il sait porter la croix!" ["As in thy arm ready to wield the sword,
So also is it ready to carry the cross. . . " this line is not found in the English lyrics though.].

Can we elect a seven year old? She's got my vote.