by Carol D’Annunzio
Simple Catholic Living
For as long as I can remember, my family has said prayers before all of our meals, whether at home or while we were out. So naturally, when I got married and started a family, this practice continues. It is such a part of our lives that we never think about it. However, I have discovered that it can be a big deal for some.
Recently, I gave my son a treat and took him to McDonald’s for lunch. When we got our food, we sat down and immediately said our prayer. About a minute later a woman comes up to me and says, “I just want to thank you for praying before your meal. My husband and I pray and we would like to pay for your lunch.” She then hands me $10. I was stunned. I tried to give her the money back but she insisted I keep it.
My son was equally surprised by the incident. He commented, “That was so nice but all we did was pray!” This small incident turned out to be a good teachable moment for my son: our actions matter. Whether we realize it or not, our actions can have a powerful impact (positive or negative) on those around us.
Carol D’Annunzio blogs at Simple Catholic Living.