Army of Mom

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4.10.2006

Forgive me Father, for I have sinned

Tonight, I took Pickle to his first reconciliation. He moaned and groaned about going, but he did it. I did my first confession in about four years and in typical AoM fashion, I fell apart while making my confession. I always feel like the priest is rolling his eyes on the other side of the confessional wall waiting for a really juicy sin to forgive. I also wonder if he has a score card over there that he scans:

Father: *thinking to himself* Curses a lot, yells at husband and kids, immoral acts. Hmm. Oh, here it is.
Father: *out loud* Say three Hail Marys and three Our Fathers.

Go forth and sin no more.

Yeah, that will be easy.

It does feel better to go to confession and feel like I'm starting over with a clean slate. The priest at the other Catholic church in town (where we had the mass pre-Easter confession) gave a great explanation about why we go to confession. We are forgiven when we ask God to forgive us in our prayers. What we're doing is getting absolution from our neighbors who we've sinned against and getting that verbal forgiveness so many of us need. This week will be an emotional one for me as we prepare Pickle to get ready for his first communion and confirmation. My baby is growing up.

5 Comments:

  • At 12:08 AM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Uzz said…

    I thought he did remarkably well...though he was nervous going into it. Afterward, he felt it necessary to tell me everything he asked forgiveness for...MOT will be happy to know that he said he had acted poorly and made his teacher unhappy!

    Later after we left, we were stopped at a light when a car booming its rap music stopped next to us...without skipping a beat he said, "I am going to pray for those people grow up already"...that's my boy...that's my boy.

     
  • At 1:01 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Oh, I'm glad that he had a good experience with it. It is always a bit embarrassing, intimidating, humiliating ... all those things and more when you're preparing yourself to go in. And, I think it probably should be those things. If we didn't feel bad about our sins, then we really aren't sincere about wanting forgiveness.

    However, I always come out feeling better than I did before. So, I hope he had the same good feelings about it.

     
  • At 9:22 PM, April 11, 2006, Blogger Lindsay said…

    "Go forth and sin no more" is rather a hopeful statement, isn't it? I wish it really were as easy as that- just needing to be reminded. I am not Catholic, but I think confession could be very theraputic. It brings to mind all of the sins for which you may already be forgiven, yet you have not truly repented. It might bring things into perspective to help one make important changes.

     
  • At 5:53 PM, April 12, 2006, Anonymous M.O.T said…

    Hey Uzz, I am glad that he did confess for making me unhappy. i will definately miss him next year. I think maybe I should go to confession. Can you do that with out being catholic? AOM I need an answer !!!!!! MOT

     
  • At 1:54 PM, April 13, 2006, Blogger North Dallas Thirty said…

    As the saying goes....Catholics confess what they don't need to confess, Lutherans (like myself) don't confess what they darn well ought to. :)

     

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