I had permission from the church to minister my son communion today (the only day I ever asked because of special circumstances). My son’s dad was atheist and his new wife converted him to non-denominational and they are both now very anti-Catholic (come to find out). Any how there is NO good reason for a anyone to take a host or pyx from me if it is not intended for them.
His dad wanted my older two children to make their baptismal vows today…(I was only invited last minute because my children found out that I had not been invited and were upset about it). I thought it would be wonderful to bring my son Holy Communion (he would like to go to church everyday but obviously cannot so I knew how much it would mean to him if I brought him the Host). Before the baptismal vows I told my children what I had brought and that after they come out of the baptismal chamber they may come to me and I will bless my other younger children and let my 8 year old receive communion. They lit up with joy that I had come and brought them the body of Christ.
This was an innocent and honest gesture of love that I was doing for God and my children. The church allows their own communion once a month so the church itself is not anti-communion. There was no reason for me to believe that the step-mom would lash out so blatantly inappropriate…Thou Shalt Not Steal. She has otherwise been mostly cordial with the children and me. I was sorrowful…my initial expression was probably more of horrified and the fact that she took the pyx did not even register until after she returned it. After she tried to take the body and the initial shock was over I was very stern saying you cannot take this it belongs to me…while my son was yelling no no stop (his dad was trying to physically restrain him from receiving the host). I wish I would have said something much better : ( Why Lord did I not have the righteous words I needed?
She started to text me afterwards accusing me of sorts of miss deeds, but she stopped mid sentence before she was about to blame me for my son’s out cry “… and force [my son’s name] who with multiple witnesses asked y”. Surely the Lord intervened.
If anyone knows an attorney who might want to advise me in our situation, please let me know. Please prayers are very much appreciated.