Reeson’s Ramblings :: December 10, 2017
Is it true that “Love means never having to say you are sorry”?
Imagine a couple have been married for nearly 25 years, and the husband tells his wife that to celebrate their anniversary he will take off work early on Friday and take her out to a fancy restaurant and to a concert where they would dance the night away. When the husband got off work he decides to go to a bar with his buddies. He had a bit too much to drink and he and his pals end up going to a casino where he gambled away all of his paycheck and then maxes out his credit cards. He then decides to check into the casino hotel where he drinks himself into a stupor. He finally wakes up on Sunday evening and returns home to face his irate wife who demands an explanation.
He told his wife the whole story and then asked if she remembered the 1970 movie entitled, Love Story? He then quotes to his wife the famous line from the movie, “Love means never having to say you are sorry!” The wife then asked, “And how would you like it if you didn’t see me for three days?” He boldly blurts out, “That would be fine, just fine with me!” He didn’t see her the rest of that day or the next day. Finally, near the end of the third day he began to be able to see her again out of the small slit in his right eye as the swelling finally had gone down.
Love Story was popular at the box office and was nominated for seven 1971 Academy Awards, winning one. While the line, “Love means never having to say you are sorry”, became an often-quoted line from the film and may have made for a memorable Hollywood moment, it is not a very good thing to say to anyone that you love. In fact, it is important to often tell people whom we love that we are sorry. Saying we are sorry can build a stronger bond between husbands and wives and between children and parents.
It is even vitally important that we say this to our God. On December 19th at our 7:00 p.m.
With the help of 14 priests we approach a confessor and say, “I am grateful for God’s love and forgiveness even when I…”
We mention anything major and other areas of our lives (sin) that keep us from God’s love. You need not go into a lot of detail. The priest doesn’t counsel or lecture but provides forgiveness through the ministry of the Church. This part goes quickly.
When you have celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation you will go to the Blessed Sacrament room for the concluding rite with the Deacon. Papers for this rite will be provided by the Deacon for your use.
Just as when the prodigal son returned home there was a party we will also conclude with a party in the Social Hall with for wine, cheese, cookies and punch. If you have not experienced this type of service before, you are in for a treat! Be sure to invite your families and friends!