My son made his first Confession this weekend. He said, "It felt good. It makes you feel clean inside, and like a weight is off of you." He said he actually enjoyed it. Good for him. I was still nervous though. I hope he keeps his enthusiasm.
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My five-year-old daughter thought confession was OK (of course, she didn't have to go - she just sat in the pew and looked at books). But what she really liked was Mass earlier in the day. She loved the "pink" vestments that father wore. I told her they are actually "rose" colored. It didn't really matter what I had to say: "No Dad... THAT is pink!"
(By the way, the books that my kids look at and read during Mass are by a priest named Fr. Lawrence Lovasik. I highly recommend them. They can be ordered online from many Catholic sites or at a local Catholic bookstore.)
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In honor of Gaudete Sunday:
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.
Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus:
Dominus enim prope est.
Nihil solliciti sitis:
sed in omni oratione petitiones
vestræ innotescant apud Deum.
Benedixisti Domine terram tuam:
avertisti captivitatem Jacob
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.
Let your forbearance be known to all,
for the Lord is near at hand;
have no anxiety about anything,
but in all things, by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.
Lord, you have blessed your land;
you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.