Thursday, July 15, 2010

I heard a rumor...

... is it true that parents of priests and religious get to avoid the long wait lines at the Pearly Gates? I heard you get some special uber indulgences if you kids grow up all pious and junk.

I'm figuring I am going need to the extra help so I'm working on The Boy's vocation.

And why not. A friend recently noted I have "priestly voodoo"... I will explain later. I promise.

11 comments:

nazareth priest said...

I'm sure my Lutheran parents will be very happy to hear this:>)!
Oh, heck, I don't know.
I'm not even sure some days I'm gonna make it there...'sigh'...well, I hope I do:<)!

Tina aka Snupnjake said...

Yes. It is tradition that mothers of priests are believed to be bumped to the front of the line so to speak. The cloth that is used at ordination to wipe off the oil is given to the mom and buried with her. That way she can show it to St. Peter...

Just another mad Catholic said...

a) remember a vocation comes from God not from man (I learned this the hard way) :)

b) I do remember reading somewhere that children whose parents encourage their vocation to the Priesthood/religious life do get brownie points.

c) sadly my athiest parents won't be able to benefit (unless of course they convert).

s-p said...

My mother raised me and I wanted to become a priest but the Church wouldn't take me... does that count?

Tim said...

Just to hedge your bets I suggest looking into adopting some seminarians.

Rick said...

St. John Bosco developed a lot of vocations because the environment that he created. More at http://divine-ripples.blogspot.com/2010/01/st-john-bosco-took-tiger-out-of-woods.html

Terry Nelson said...

Wasn't it Stalin's mother who pushed him to be a priest? I think he had been a seminarian at one time. Or was it Lenin? Hitler? Jeffrey Dahmer?

Christopher Lake said...

"Priestly voodoo"... sounds like the name of a not-very-theologically-correct Catholic funk/salsa band!

Mark said...

I think you need to explain the voodoo line!

Re the topic of Spiritual Mothers, you might want to look at this blog here.

The Crescat said...

Tina, what a great tradition.

Terry. Down boy.

G said...

When my son was ordained 4 yrs ago, he surprised me at the end of his first Mass by coming down to the front row where we sat & giving me a little box with the cloth that Tina mentions above. I hadn't ever heard of this tradition until then. I'm sure he knows that his mom's going to need all the help she can get when she stands before the Lord!