By Kristy Solis

Do you recall the details of your first reconciliation or your child’s first reconciliation?
Recently, my oldest daughter participated in her first reconciliation. It was such a blessing to be a part of her process and to experience her growth in her faith. She was genuinely excited to participate in this sacrament of reconciliation.
After she met with the priest, she ran back to tell us “I did it!” Then, she immediately knelt and said, “I must pray now.”
This experience has transcended my daughter as a spiritual being. In this moment, I could identify with God as a father.
With all the responsibilities of parenting, no one tells you the challenges of parenting a spiritual being. We are fortunate because we have a whole support team (family, friends and school) surrounding and supporting my daughter in her spiritual journey.

The most important support is received from God, which guides us as parental beings of these spiritual beings.
The best part about walking this spiritual journey with your child is that you also recall your first sacraments. This is something we share as a family, especially the importance of how reconciliation helps renew us as spiritual beings.

It is a spiritual awakening, one that I overheard her explaining to her little sister about the importance of reconciliation and forgiveness.
Now, when we pray as a family, we remind ourselves to be kind to one another, tenderhearted and forgive one another as God in Christ forgave you.

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