Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Sign

My priest was on retreat last week, but turns out he was back for mass last night. We got to church and he was standing in the greeting area and I asked him if we could talk in his office.

I explained the situation and he understood. First he offered up letting me receive Communion after mass from him or the deacon, but I reminded him that the Communion has already been handled by then and he agreed that I had best just avoid it for now. But he told me to google "Spiritual Communion" and do that instead.

We kept the conversation brief and I didn't get to mention about some parishes require hand sanitizer, but I'm fine with this for now. Someday I'll have a big, obviously pregnant belly and my actions will make more sense to onlookers (since I was baptized in this church most people know that I should be receiving Communion). Before he left we said to us that he would love to baptize our baby. I would love for him to do that too, more than he knows.

And as I stood in line during Communion (arms crossed) I couldn't help but notice that the woman in the line next to me was carrying a beautiful blue-eyed, red-headed baby that just kept staring at me. Being a blue-eyed, red-headed person I felt that this was the perfect sign to me that I was doing the right thing.

4 comments:

Michelle said...

That's good that he is understanding. I think you made the right decision.

Dianne said...

I think that it is wonderful that your priest understands!!!! I became a Catholic about 3 and half years ago - right before my wedding. While I was in the classes, I was told that since Communion is Holy that there really shouldn't be any worries about germs. Well I don't buy that but it is still wonderful experience to go through. I was going to suggest just being blessed, but it looks like you are already doing that!!

Just think soon your baby will be baptized!!!!!

Congrats!!!

White Picket Fences said...

I'm very Catholic ...have been my entire life. I have never drank from the communiun cup. Our priests do wash/dry their hands in front of the congregation as well as everyone else that might touch it ...but I still refrain for the entire pregnancy. I must have been Catholic for too long, though ...it didn't occur to me to feel guilty about it! As a health care professional? The epidemiology of the entire thing is wrong. They could easily alter things (single dose cups, etc.) to make it safer and still be holy.

13 pounds isn't nearly as impressive when you realize I've eaten ice cream (with extra insulin!?!?) daily for the last week. I probably COULD have lost weight ..but I'm still a glutton. And I DO feel guilty about that!

The Wife said...

That's really great that your priest understood and was trying to accommodate you. So often, they get wrapped up in what you're suppose to do, that they forget they're suppose to help.