My profound spiritual experience commenced with my ‘First Communion' at the Pope John Paul II Church in Bigfork Montana. On that special day i could not have been more nervous. I prayed over……and over…….and over again the Memorare that I would not spill one drop of wine. I seated myself on the back row of the church as was my habit while silently continuing my prayer of the Memorare.
My cradle Catholic friend, Maureen, and catalyst to my Catholic journey in RCIA (Rite of Christian initiation for Adults) Inquiry class asked what in the world I was doing on the back row. She marched me right to the very front row, and was there for me throughout. Until the moment I took the ‘body of Christ' I was praying the Memorare to please let me be successful in the completion of substantiation. Christ was present when I slipped my hand around the chalice. I was now part of the paschal mystery by taking my ‘First Communion' from Father Don Shea. It was most important to me as Father Don had participated in my Catholic RCIA Inquiry class in 2006. Other painful steps had to be taken before my ‘First Communion' in October 11, 2008.
It had been a long process, and had required patience, and Faith that one day I could take my ‘First Communion.'
I only have one regret and that is that I could not have commenced this spiritual journey of ‘First Communion' as a child. What a blessing for a child to do so.
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