27 December 2007

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone!! I hope that all of you are having a joyous time celebrating the birth of Our Lord. This Christmas is especially joyous for me- the reason being that on Saturday, December 22, I was received into the Catholic Church!

I was blessed to be able to stay with my Catholic family- the Jerges- for four days around the time of my confirmation. It was an incredible few days, and I miss them all very much. But as I said, it was incredible. On Saturday all of them were with me as we went to the rectory of Father Francis Peffley, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Northern Virginia. There he heard my first Confession, received me into the Church, confirmed me, and gave me first Holy Communion. It was amazing beyond description. The next day, I went to my first Tridentine Mass at their beautiful church in Front Royal- St. John the Baptist.

Also, I received many awesome Catholic gifts. There were so many that I probably won't remember all of them here... (they are in hiding until I can smuggle them to college.) Off the top of my head, Grandma got me a beautiful Daily Missal for the Traditional Latin Mass. Aunt Malia got me a beautiful cross depicting several scenes and the words "Christus Heri, Hodie, Semper" Latin for "Christ Yesterday, Today, Always". Jess and the family gave me The Young Man's Guide: Counsels, Reflections, and Prayers for Young Catholic Men, a beautiful framed painting of the Blessed Trinity, a 1962 Sunday Missal, a statue of the Christ Child, a very cool scapular with St. Michael on it and a St. Benedict medal and crucifix. Oh, also Mom got me a suit and two shirts and ties- very spiffy.

But most of all, the best thing they all gave me was the feeling that I was one of their sons/brothers. I felt so loved that I broke down and cried several times. Slightly embarrassing, but I don't think they cared too much. It was an amazing four days, and I can't wait to see them again!