Ex ore infantium perfecisti laudem! 3 year old “priest’s” theological observation and a Salve

Remember the moment in The Return of the King (book, of course) when Frodo and Sam are slogging through dreary Mordor and there is a fleeting break in the never-ending clouds and they see a star?

Today I received this via email from someone who was at the Sunday Mass I celebrated this morning.

Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf,

I remember you mentioning that you enjoy it when kids draw pictures. I thought you might enjoy this story, a picture of words, from my 3-year-old son, (whom you baptized!), this morning at mass as he watched you place the extra hosts back in the tabernacle after the distribution of Holy Communion:

“Mom! Jesus is putting Jesus back into the wall up there!”

I was about to correct him and say that “Fr. Zuhlsdorf is putting Jesus in the tabernacle.” But then I thought to myself, “He’s not wrong, in the alter Christus sort of way.” And so I didn’t correct him. I suppose in the maturity of later years we can discuss the theological distinctions. For the time being, thank you for being an alter Christus for our entire family.

Here’s a video of ___ (and his 2-year-old brother, ___ in the background) from last month singing the Salve Regina. Enjoy!




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  1. Chuck Ludd says:

    Bravo. One of the most delightful aspects of the video of the Salve is that he is singing it in a genuinely joyful manner. The Salve is often sung mournfully, solemnly, or in a “seriously robust way.” But this is genuinely joyful.

  2. JSPizzo says:

    Amazing video! It’s beautiful to see such joy in a young soul!

  3. seashoreknits says:

    After all the tears of this past week, what a joy to share in this.
    It sure did make my day.

    Hail Holy Queen!!

  4. Diane says:

    Wow….that made my night! Thank you Thank you!!!

  5. Susanna says:

    Precious! And goegeous vestment too.

    I shared this with my pastor… he was really touched by it and told me the timing was perfect as there is a meeting at our parish this week which includes suggestion of introducing Latin to children. Generally people believe the language is too difficult. Father plans to use this video as part of his presentation. If a three year old can sing the Salve Regina in Latin, then obviously other children can too.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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