Fr. Z’s Voice Mail: The 3 Year-old Prayer Warrior Edition!

I very much enjoy most of the voice mail I receive through my US and UK phone numbers and directly through Skype.

First, to the lady in Cleveland who wants me to write something that she can “un-apologetically rip off” for a speech she has to give.

Well… okay.

Next, don’t let anyone tell you that memorizing prayers, even long ones, is too hard for children.

This, by the way, hits 11 on the 1-10 Cute Scale.

Now THAT was a treat.

And if any of you Latin Church types are wondering why a 3 year-old is receiving Holy Communion, keep in mind that in the Eastern Churches infants are given Confirmation and Eucharist along with Baptism.

I have given very little Eastern Church children Communion a few times which, as a Latin priest is a little strange for me, but… hey!  We “breathe with both lungs”!

Please leave me voice mail. I don’t call back, but I listen to it. You have three options:


 020 8133 4535


TIPS for leaving voice mail.

  1. Don’t shout!  If you shout, your voice will be distorted and I won’t be able to understand you.
  2. Come to your point right away.
  3. Let me know at the onset if I can use it on the blog.  I may be able to anonymize it a little by editing if need be.

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  1. Gaetano says:

    There’s a good Byzantine Catholic Church in Orlando. We hope to visit it the next time we’re in Florida.

  2. Hidden One says:

    If a three year old can memorize the St. Michael prayer, the rest of us have what excuse not to?

  3. The Mad Sicilian Geek says:

    That’s. Just. Awesome!!!

    It, quite literally, put a huge smile on my face.

    Wisdom often springs from the mouths of babes.

    Thank you, O Lord, for the spiritual inspiration from this young child.

  4. JesusFreak84 says:

    I’ve been attending an Eastern Rite parish for years and I still have to do a mental double-take every now and again when the little ones are receiving. I think there’s a future priest in the pew next to me most weekends.

  5. Kathleen10 says:

    There’s nothing better than baby love….you got some baby love today, Fr. Z.
    “May God webook him we humbwy pway”. I commend this dad. His children are blessed!

  6. Healingrose1202 says:

    So cute! I have a three year old who knows several prayers by heart, too. It has definitely made me want to memorize more prayers. It is such a blessing to see my three year old with such an innocent love and devotion for Mary and Jesus. I haven’t memorized the St. Michael prayer, but now I definitely want to memorize it as a family.

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