2. Note from Father Roberts
When I was in eighth grade my parents purchased a new washer/dryer. We began using it just as football season began. The clothes that I wore when I played always got very sweaty and soaked through by the end of practice.
My mother disliked the smell that emanated from my hamper and was especially annoyed when I forgot to let my clothes dry out before I tossed them in, which she complained spread mold and mildew.
One day I decided that I would try to avoid hearing my mother's reproaches by doing my own laundry, which was a rare thing for me to do. When I tried to turn the dial of the washing machine, I was surprised that it turned with great difficulty and made a grinding sound while doing so. Moments after forcing the dial into the correct position, I realized that the new washing machine turned in the opposite direction from what I was accustomed to with the old one.
I had broken my parents' brand new appliance!
What would I tell my father when he came home? After putting four children through college and with a sister still there, money was tight. My mind began to race as I contemplated what consequences I might have to face for my boneheadedness.
Rather than wait for my parents to discover a broken the washing machine, I threw myself on their mercy and confessed as they walked in the door. At first my father was angry but after he settled down a bit, he said, "Now tell me exactly what you did."
I wondered what difference it would make, but I obediently did the best that I could. It was quite embarrassing.
Using the information that I had given him, my father was able to fix the washing machine in short order. The markings ended up being a quarter turn off, but it was nothing that could not be corrected with a pen and masking tape. The washing machine is still in use today, twenty years later.
When we sin we damage our souls, but not irreparably. Our heavenly Father invites us to let Him set us right in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Unlike my father, He already knows the exact nature of our wrongs, but waits for us to give Him permission to heal us by naming our wounds in confession.
In James 5:16 we read that the first Christians confessed their sins one to another in public. As Catholics we have preserved this apostolic practice in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
What a tremendous blessing!
3. Family Activity
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