Children are wonderful - they can be so refreshing in their enthusiasm and honesty.
Our Sisters direct Religious Education programs in the parishes where we serve and at this time of year second graders are receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. They enter into the moment with some fear and trepidation but as they come out of the confessional it is such a joy to see the fruit of their encounter with Jesus through the ministry of the Priest.
One of our Sisters who teaches the second grade approached one such little boy and asked him: "So, how was it?" "It was great," he beamed. "I told everything and it is all gone. It was great!" Another little girl was overjoyed: "It was wonderful," she said.
Well, it is wonderful! The Sacrament of Reconciliation is our way of meeting the merciful, forgiving Lord and allowing him take it all away. The Sacrament gives us the opportunity to "tell him everything so that it will be all gone!" If you are experiencing some fear and trepidation about Confession, take a cue from the kids and go! Afterwards I guarantee that you will feel wonderful!
(A deep and heartfelt thank you to all the Priests who gather in our various parishes to hear the first Confessions of these children. You open the door so that these children can meet Jesus through you. Thank you for saying "yes" to your priestly vocation).