A MOST UNUSUAL SANCTIFYING GRACE
Sometimes there are events that happen in the course of life that simply must be transmitted. This particular story is one such story.
Last weekend, the children at our parish were preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. As is customary, first Reconciliation is offered the day before receiving first Holy Communion.
All the children were prepared and anxious to make their first Reconciliation on a bright Saturday morning. As Sammy was waiting his turn and was next in line to enter the confessional, he became frightened and began to cry. His mother tried to console him but Sammy continued to sob.
As Sammy was crying, the confessional door opened and little Molly came out with a sheet of paper in her hand and a content smile on her face. Then she saw Sammy. Molly tried to comfort and encourage Sammy but to no avail.
Finally, Molly looked at the piece of paper still in hand. Her paper contained a list of her sins. In an act of love, Molly offered to give Sammy her sins to confess to Father. Molly said to her friend as she handed him her paper, “Here Sammy, you can have my sins to confess to the priest!” This was all Molly had and she offered it to console her friend. Of course, Molly’s mom intervened, preventing the paper of sins to be conveyed.
We are Catholic. We receive sanctifying grace through the sacraments. Molly’s gift of her sins was an offering to her friend to provide comfort in his time of need. Sanctifying grace works in many ways and through many channels, even in the very young. Molly’s gift, although rather unusual, should be a reminder of the abundant grace available through the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Ponder: Are you a reluctant confessee who avoids the confessional?
Reflect: John 20:21-23
Pray: Lord, give me the courage to confess my sins sacramentally, so that I may become a vessel of sanctifying grace.