I've had many friends tell me that I should be ready with my camera to take a picture of you when you come out of the Confessional. They told me the pictures are some of their most treasured ones. To see your face the moment after your first confession....You can bet I didn't want to miss that. So, here you are. After your confession, you went straight to the altar, knelt down and prayed your penance. I was in the pews right behind you and just watched you, tears welling up in my eyes for you. I was so happy. I was so proud. I couldn't believe how fast we got here. To you being eight years old and making your first Confession. Then, instead of going straight over to the table to get your clay heart, you came and knelt with me. You gave me the one arm hug and the smile on your face was absolutely priceless. You were so happy. The first words from your mouth were, That was awesome! Can I go again tomorrow? Why do we lose that excitement as grown ups? I want to learn from you.
You chose to go out to Panera for lunch afterwards. Good choice. We were all so excited to celebrate with you!
Luke 2: 19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
I often think of this passage. I think of it as I am carrying around my camera and my video camera, trying to record and capture every moment of life. Mary had no camera, no video camera, no phone with a camera in it. NOTHING. She kept everything in her heart and pondered it. Often, I 'm sure. How could she not? She was raising the son of God. Surly His life was worth documenting with pictures, blog posts, and videos. But no, instead Mary watched Him, raised Him and was present with Him.....thinking and pondering all things in her heart.
But I am grateful for capturing this day for you in pictures, in hopes that you will remember what a special day it was! I will try to imitate Mary and ponder all these beautiful moments I get with you, in my heart.