“Some friends are forever” by Laurieann Kelly
“Sometimes in life,
You find a special friend
Someone who changes your life
By being a part of it……..
Sometimes you find a friend
Who makes you laugh
Until you can’t stop
Someone who makes you believe
That there really is good in the world.
Someone who convinces you
That there is an unlocked door
Just waiting for you to open it.
This is forever friendship.
When you are down,
And the world seems dark and empty,
You forever friend lifts you up in spirit
And makes that dark and empty world
Suddenly seem bright and full.
Your forever friend gets you
Through the hard times, the sad times,
And the confused times.
If you turn and walk away,
Your forever friend follows you
If you lose your way,
Your forever friend guides you
and cheers you on.
You forever friend holds your hand
and tells you that everything is going to be okay.
And if you find such a friend,
You feel happy and complete
Because you need not to be worry.
You have a forever friend for life,
And forever has no end………..”
The Greek word for confession, exomologesis, means ‘saying out in words ‘. It can mean praise and thanksgiving to God or confession of our sins; in each case it means acknowledgement of truth.
A priest said that he would prefer a shy and confused mumbling than a fluent reading from a printed list of sins. Lists can help, but rather as a guide to self-examination. In other words, sincerity is what counts. This is not meant legalistically : ” if you are sincere then God will forgive you”. It is rather that the more sincere and deep my repentance, the deeper the healing grace of Christ can reach me. Christ said that He came precisely for the sick, and not for the righteous.
We cannot tell anyone else what to say , we can only suggest, ” tell everything you are ashamed of “, ” listen to your conscience”. Your understanding of sin and sensitivity to it will grow. Before confession we have to pray to see our sins. , to judge ourselves rather than others. And then we go and very simply say, ” I have done/said/thought…..”, taking responsibility for it. Sometimes we only manage to confess in vague terms about our general state; this acknowlegdement of our condition , our lack of love for God and other people , is useful even if we are not attentive or discerning enough to be specific about our passions.
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.”Billy – age 4
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7
“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss” Emily – age 8