In preparation for the new addition to our family, I decided one of the best things I could do was undergo the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “Nesting for the soul” as I call it. While it is difficult to find time to attend reconciliation with a toddler, I knew it was a top priority during pregnancy. The first time this month I attempted to attend confession the Holy Spirit had a different plan. Leaving my toddler with my in-laws, I drove to Holy Rosary Church for their daily confession time. I pulled up to a full parking lot and, to my surprise, my parish priest was standing outside greeting those who entered. As it turns out, my coworker’s father’s funeral was being held during that time instead. Over the years I had gotten to know many of my coworker’s family members through teaching her children and nieces. The Holy Spirit brings you to the right place at the right time.
The following week, I attended lunchtime confession at Holy Rosary Church. I had compiled a list after discernment, so as not to forget any sins I wanted to confess. It was difficult to admit my faults to God, but the love I felt after was amazing. With each prayer of penance, I felt lighter and more at peace. This is a wonderful way to prepare for bringing a new life into the world. I recommend making the effort during your own journey of pregnancy.