His First Holy Communion was just as precious.
He wanted a bow tie. So why not go all out with the tux, the price was the same as the miniature suit on eBay.
He worried. His teacher said if he made a funny face after receiving the Precious Blood he would be in trouble.
“Mom, can you just give me a taste of wine before, so I’ll know.” No.
The moment came. He made a funny face but his teacher didn’t see. He came back to the pew and whispered, “That tasted weird and I think it gave me a stomach ache.” Then a few prayerful moments later, in hushed exuberance with a beaming smile he said, “I just feel so excited.” And after another moment: “Mom, I just feel so excited.”
His excitement and reverence continue. I’m going to encourage him to keep counting the times he receives our Lord – Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity – and to experience each time fully. It’s a precious gift.
Maybe I’ll start counting from here on out too.