Sacramental Joy

art by Crooked Little Studio
My Dark-Haired Daughter was confirmed last night, and it was so joyful. She was more excited than....I don't know what! It was like a birthday party, a graduation and a coming-out party all rolled into one.

At Communion, the choir sang Panis Angelicus and I lost it. Blubbered. Tears streaming down my face. Pure and utter joy.

When my husband entered the Church nearly 20 years ago, my mom said that she felt "high", uplifted, truly joyful. My sister-in-law said it was the grace of the Holy Spirit, and I felt it last night.

My daughter has literally been through Hell, and to see her face shine with radiance last night was truly a gift from God, a gift that can come from no other source.

"Oh my God, I want to love you and serve you all my life, I give you my soul, my heart, my whole self." -
Bl. Laura Vicuna

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