Every morning at 6:30 Mass, the priest invites petitions from the congregants at the Prayer of the Faithful, which works OK as there are only about 25 of us. One lovely woman always goes first, and offers a list of thoughtful prayers. Over the years, the list varies to accommodate new intentions, but remains largely the same.
So, maybe I wasn’t paying attention as much as I should have been – well, OK, my mind was a million miles away where it so often is – but one morning I would have sworn she offered up a new intention for “children back in Kansas.” Well, our oldest daughter is attending school at Benedictine College in Atchison. so I thought 1) how thoughtful; and 2) who else here has children back in Kansas?
And then, I forgot about it.
The next day, she offered pretty much the same prayers, except this time I was listening a bit more attentively as she prayed for “children battling cancer.” Oh. Never mind.
So, if you feel so inclined, please offer up a prayer for some children battling cancer. You can fire one off for my daughter as well, although her needs are probably much less urgent.