Friday, March 20, 2009
Our first born is receiving his second Catholic sacrament tonight. It's a big event.
Carter has been studying for the past few years for what will soon amount to almost a third of his lifelong Catholic milestones. This evening, his First Penance (we called it confession) and in a few weeks, his First Communion. It's hard for me to believe that we have a child old enough to do such because it seems not that long ago I was making these steps.
Tonight, he will sit down with the priest......or kneel behind the screen like you've likely seen in movies if you're not Catholic.....and confess his sins. He's been a real challenge lately, so I'm inclined to send a list with him in case he loses focus, but I won't. After confession, he'll receive a penance (usually 5 Hail Marys or 10 Our Fathers or the like).....he'll say his Act of Contrition......and then, as he says, will be "washed free from his sins."
I've explained to him that admitting such things to a priest does not "free him" from his current grounding or his loss of privileges. But, it's a start.
So, say some prayers for our little Catholic in training. Caroline and I are still trying to figure out an appropriate way of bribing the priest to find out what he says. Kidding! (unless you can think of a non-sacrilegious bribe)