Friday, March 16, 2012
A Day of Reconciliation
Today, we celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation in connection with Adoration to continue our Lenten preparation for Easter. The day began with a whole school examination of conscience with scripture, song, and a Monk Potter at his wheel. It was a very nice reflection based on Jeremiah and God the Potter of our lives. Then each theology class came to chapel for Confession and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Whew, I spent a whole day in the chapel with our young men. After they genuflected their way in, Campus Minister Monk would introduce the location of the Confessor Monks and invite the students to prayer. This was my cue to go to the prie dieu with a profound bow and my Rosary beads; after a five minutes or so, I continued my Rosary as I strolled along the chapel among my students.
I must admit; I was quite proud (and their parents should be too). Most of the students participated in Confession, and quite a few of the boys used the Stations of the Cross handouts, litanies, or lectio guides to keep themselves focused during Adoration. What really warmed my heart was their instinct to follow a lead. After I left the prie dieu, Students came up to the kneeler, bowed deeply, and knelt down to pray for a few minutes before the Blessed Sacrament. Light poured down on them from the upper windows of the Chapel; it made even the orneriest Child of God look like an angel. Every now and then one of the kids would drift off asleep and need a little poke by their pew neighbor. There were a few gigglers too...only God knows what the boys found funny, but I believe our God has a good sense of humor and chuckled along with them.