Lately I’ve been thinking A LOT about this. And this morning in the car, all by myself I promise God that we would go to Mass EVERY Sunday if he would let Tommy have both Saturday and Sunday off. We’ve been slacking. Actually that’s not true. We’ve completely fallen by the way side. Since the time mama went back to India, heck before that too, we’ve been to mass with the kids only once. I loved it. Rachael did too. Lawrence and she were both really good in church and Tom liked it too. Yet we seem unable to make a concrete effort to make it a weekly routine. Part of it… a large part is that Tommy works saturday and comes home early in the morning on sunday. I just don’t have it in me to wake him up and get dressed for church.. and we tried doing the 10:30 one.. that just feels like the whole day is over by the time we come home… so it’s like we don’t get any time together as a family. I know it sounds really lame..I do want to bring religious structure to Rachael’s life. I do want her to ask questions about God but that can happen only if she knows him / about him.. just like Ochio (pinnochio). We have started saying a morning prayer daily – baby steps.. now I have to figure a way to make the Sunday mass a routine she knows.
Billy Graham is now 90 years old with Parkinson’s disease..
In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte , North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor. Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, ‘We don’t expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you.’ So he agreed.. After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, ‘I’m reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there, so he looked
in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him He still couldn’t find it. The conductor said, ‘Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’
Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’
Einstein looked at him and said, ‘Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.”
Having said that Billy Graham continued, ‘See the suit I’m wearing? It’s a brand new suit. My children, and my grandchildren are telling me I’ve gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I’ll be buried. But when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to immediately remember the suit I’m wearing. I want you to remember this:
I not only know who I am .. I also know where I’m going.’ “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.”