This past Saturday morning our children’s sacramental preparation program held a morning retreat for our kids making their first Reconciliation. A part of the morning is called “Friar Time” in which the kids and their parents have a 20-25 minute space of time with the pastor (that’s me…). We use the time to have a final chat about the sacrament and to put them at ease about the upcoming celebration.
During one of the sessions I was asking the kids, “What if, during confession, one of you tells me something that is just ‘eye-opening’ and really unusual… can I tell your parents?” Of course, the point of the question is to assure the kids about the sanctity of the sacrament and the confessional seal. After a short back-and-forth, I mentioned that as a practical matter, priests are really good about not remembering what was said in the confessional. We hear a lot and it all just gets mixed in and lost.
At that point, a beautiful young girl offered, “Well then we need younger priests who can remember things!”
Mom and dad dropped their chins to their chest in the classic “she did not just say that did she” move. Meanwhile, the rest of us broke out laughing.
Where’s Art Linkletter when you need him?