A few weeks ago Hudson told me that he was nervous about his confession because he didn't want Father Robert to be mad at him. It opened up a good conversation between us about how Father Robert is acting through God and the Holy Spirit to forgive all of our sins. I'm not sure he believed me, but it was a good chance to talk about feeling clean after confession.
Two brothers. I don't think any of the two of them together in these photos had them both looking good at the same time. It was one or the other!
We are blessed in sending the boys to Catholic School for many reasons. One thing I really like is that the 2nd grade class gets to enjoy private First Reconciliation and Communion services! It's a nice little perk!
I know in many protestant churches, the sacrament of confession is not practiced. I grew up Lutheran and did not participate in confession until I converted to Catholicism. One explanation for the belief in confession is this:
In my own words, we simply do not believe that it is enough to be sorry in your heart. There is the act of speaking the sins to God through the priest and then fulfilling penance (the consequences which usually include prayer). These steps complete the circle of asking for forgiveness.
Just as when you wrong someone in your life, you can't get absolution unless you speak with that person and make it right...and then complete penance for what you have done.
It would not have mattered which priest he gave his first confession to, but in my heart I am secretly happy that he was able to give it to Father Robert. This is the priest who baptized him as a baby. Fr. Robert has been in Hudson's life from the start.
Receiving absolution. Hudson told us later that he felt so happy. He worked so hard on the Act of Contrition. I love watching him grow in his love for God.
At the beginning of the service, some of the students recited a special prayer where they talked about how sin dims our light in the world. They blew out candles to represent sin. As each child confessed their sins, they went to the altar to pick up a candle and light it once again with the absolution of a clean heart! Such pretty symbolism.
Doing his penance. Hudson said he had to say three Hail Marys and an Our Father. He was on his knees for quite a long time (some kids hopped up really fast!). When I asked him about it, Hudson said that he wanted to make sure he was saying the prayers the right way!
Placing his lit candle representing a clean soul in with the others.
We love Father Robert! Poor guy was suffering from the same type of cold I have.
After the service standing before all the lit candles.
It was a beautiful service and a beautiful day for our little one.
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