Sacraments, that is, at least for this spring. Annie made her First Reconciliation yesterday with a few of her little friends. In contrast to her older brother a few years back, she had a clue.
She got the whole sin/sinner/effect on the community notion, but she had some concerns. The Act of Contrition, for one thing – she’d learned two versions – which to use, and would the priest care? She wanted to go over what would take place, and more specifically, her “script”. She asked for some “suggestions”, which puts a mom in a weird place, dontcha know. I fought off the idea to use what her older sibs might confess as a jumping off point. Instead we talked about what a “very good girl like you” might find challenging at times.
I bet priests hear from little kids…oh…maybe they didn’t obey their parents, or maybe they were mean on purpose…
“I want to be nice to people if they’re mean to me.”
I know, honey, you’re a very good girl.
Annie the big sinner and some of her nasty friends
“Is being gross a sin?”
“Is being annoying a sin – cause Michael says I am.”
You poor thing, I thought.
I wonder if a priest can tell if perfectly nice little girls have older brothers by the little sisters’ first confessions.
Editor’s note – You think that the picture should be at the end of the post, maybe? I’m shocked it appeared here at all…but I’ll be sharpening those upload/download skills sometime real soon.