Ben was an Altar Server (apprentice) at Mass this morning—and I snapped this picture of him trying to light the candles beforehand. He couldn’t do it, so some of the older servers came down to help.

He likes being an Altar Server–and today his best friend Pete was up there with him. Now, Pete is over here and they’re up playing Gamecube.

Before “serving” Ben would make excuses to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water during Mass. Now, he is fully engaged and I love watching it. Even his little brother Brian is better in Mass becasue he thinks it’s cool that Ben is up there on the Altar…he pays attention to see what Ben will do next.

Perhaps when the newness of it all wears off they won’bt have this same enthusiasm for Mass, but I’ll enjoy it while it’s here!