I Just Came From the 8 AM Ascension Thursday Mass…

…and the sight I saw put a smile on my face.

Yesterday there was a mass at 7 PM for the vigil at my parish. Tonight there will be a 7 PM Mass for the day. When I got there at 7:30 the 7 AM mass was just finishing (which is why I came when I did as I needed confession and our pastor will often hear confession between the two morning masses) at at 10:30 there will be a Mass at the grammar school that is open to members of the parish.

Despite all these masses including one at the school for the kids, not only was the 8 AM mass very full but there was a plethora of families full of young children 4, 5 and 6 in the family to the point where the line for communion backed up because father and deacon were busy blessing the kids who were not old enough to receive.

Mind you this isn’t a parish doing the old Latin mass, this is in a parish with an English language mass in the middle of one of the bluest states in the nation.

I keep being asked why I’m optimistic in the long term for the faith, I say it’s very hard not to be optimistic when I see sights like this in a state that has done all it can to destroy it.

Mark Steyn wrote the future belongs to those who show up, I’ve seen the future of at least my parish, and I’m feeling pretty good about it.