The Sacrament of Reconciliation: A Refresher

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important Catholic sacrament that all practicing Catholics should be taking part in regularly. However, if you haven’t been attending as regularly as you probably should be I bet you could use a reminder. Four words you want to keep in mind when thinking of Reconciliation are repentance, contrition, penance, and absolution. These four words represent what the Sacrament of Reconciliation is all about. By regularly attending Reconciliation you can feel these four things in your life, and also begin to feel changes.

An article called, “The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Explained”, lays out all of the reasons why you should be going to Reconciliation regularly, and also explains how this can lead to a better life. You will feel good being less burdened by sin!

The Sacrament of Baptism: The Importance of a Christening Gown

The day of your child’s Christening is a truly beautiful and memorable day for any parent. They will be welcomed as part of the Church and absolved of their original sin. The sacrament of Baptism is extremely important, and a lot of your family will likely be in attendance for the ceremony. Choosing a lovely Christening gown for your child’s Baptism ceremony is really meaningful. There are many options to go with for this joyous occasion.

A recent post on Caffeinated Catholic Mama titled, “Choosing and Preserving a Christening Gown”, could be really useful if you need guidance on this matter. The article talks about how you could use an old family heirloom as part of the Christening gown. You could also buy a new Christening gown and preserve it so that it becomes a family heirloom! I think establishing a tradition if none exists, or following an old family tradition is really important for sacraments like Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations. A family Christening gown is just one tradition that you can start or continue, and every family is unique.

What special traditions does your family have for Baptisms?

Receiving Eucharist on Tongue Causing Troubles

I found this posting over on The Catholic Answers Forum and thought it was worth sharing. I have never received the Eucharist on my tongue, but I have seen others attempt to. This person is concerned with how to go about doing this act correctly.

“Since my reception into the Church a few months ago I have wanted to receive Communion on the tongue, but every time I attempt this, it doesn’t go very well and I end up reverting to receiving in the hand. The first time, the EMHC touched my tongue with her hand. My latest attempt resulted in the EMHC (a different one) hitting me in the mouth. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I have practiced in the mirror to make sure I’m opening my mouth wide enough and sticking out my tongue enough (looks rather silly, but anyway) but I always feel rushed when receiving Communion and so I’m not really sure if I’m doing it right then. Advice?” – “Difficulties Receiving on the Tongue”

This particular Catholic has been having problems with receiving the Eucharist on their tongue. While this is totally allowed in the Catholic Church is has become somewhat uncommon. So when receiving the sacrament from an EMHC, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, one might run into trouble like this post gets into. A quick solution to this might be just going to the priest during Communion instead of the EMHC. I do not see why this person wants so badly to receive the Eucharist on the tongue, but power to them. If you ask me I say it’s going to end up in my mouth anyway, so what if it takes a little side-track to my palm first. I would much rather feed myself, but to each their own I suppose.

Good Gift Ideas for Your Grandson’s Confirmation

The day has finally come, your grandson will be receiving one of the most important sacraments the Catholic Church has to offer, Confirmation. This day should be one that he will remember for years to come. Your grandson will be formally accepted as an adult as far as the Church is concerned and you want to congratulate him with a nice gift he will remember. There are an abundance of choices you will have to choose from to find the right gift for your grandson, which can prove to be tougher than it sounds. So here are some choices to think about before you make any sort of decision.

Rosary beads will always be a wonderful Confirmation gift! They are especially great for somebody who has just been Confirmed because that person has just been welcomed into the Church as an adult. This gives them more responsibility in their life and also means they should try to become closer with God. One of the best ways to do that is to pray the rosary! Rosaries are also very nice to have because of how nice some of them look. There are many different kinds of rosary beads out there, they come in all shapes and colors, and there are even some that are made specially for those who have just been Confirmed.

For any special occasion in the Catholic Church, a go to gift to give has always been a necklace of sorts. Now for a Confirmation one may want to consider a Holy Spirit necklace. These necklaces are shaped like a dove to show the coming of the Holy Spirit to the recently Confirmed. Some other types of Confirmation necklaces include crosses with a dove on them somewhere. These necklaces typically come in gold or silver and can be engraved. Engraving is another way to make the gift you give unique. Putting your grandson’s name on the necklace can make it very special to him because it is personal. Putting on the day, month, and year of his Confirmation could also be a nice idea because he will then be able to always remember the day of Confirmation and who gave him that awesome gift.

Another choice to consider for a Confirmation day present would be a cake topper. This gift serves two purposes, it decorates the cake that celebrates your grandson’s Confirmation and makes it look nice and it also provides him with a keepsake to hold onto and remember his special day. Many Confirmation cake toppers are shaped either like a cross or a dove to represent the sacrament, and they usually have some sort of message on them as well.

Another great gift that comes to mind when thinking about ideas for a grandson’s Confirmation would be a Confirmation photo plaque. These plaques can either be flat or have two parts that open like a book. The text usually is some sort of prayer or congratulatory note to your loved one. A space is left for a picture to be put into the plaque, and this is where you can personalize this present and make it really special. Placing a picture of you and your grandson in the plaque will give him something to look back on when he is older.