So I just thought Isabel and I were going to pop in to confession, but there was a long line which filled up the entire back pew nearest the confessional. So Iz and I went to the next row, thinking it would be clear that we would be next in line. It wasn't clear to the people who came in next, and they did not speak any English. So we got bumped back by 2 people. Confession here lasts from 4pm to 4:45pm, because Saturday evening Mass starts at 5pm. It was 4:42 when I got into the confessional, and this wonderful new priest greeted me with a warm double handshake and told me, "Thank you for coming today!" He was so warm and joy-filled....Jesus was practically seeping out of him. That sounds weird, but he just radiated Jesus' love.
He gave me 2 Our Fathers for my penance.
I thought to myself that was a little strange. I mean, I've been given just one Our Father, or an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, or a triple set of those, or a rosary....but never just 2 Our Fathers.
Regardless, I went and slowly prayed them.
Then we went home.
And at home, I had some time after dinner to open up my favorite new book The Ordinary Path to Holiness, to the next chapter. I'm reading this book at the speed of slow, because I don't want it to ever end. And yet I do, so I can know all that I can learn all it has to offer. Anyway when I opened the page, it was this:
So I began to read it. So many goodies in this chapter, I can't give them all away. You need to go read the book, but from the CCC (2763):
The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect of prayers...
In it we ask, not only for all the things we can rightly desire,
but also in the sequence that they should be desired.
This prayer not only teaches us to ask for things, but also
in what order we should desire them.
Wow. So the next evening, Ian opened up the children's Bible to read the next chapter (we had skipped reading a Bible story on Saturday night). And it was this:
A one page Bible "story". Simply The Lord's Prayer.
Our Father times two.
Now, I haven't quite figured out what the Lord is telling me here other than I'd better get focused on this prayer and spend some time meditating upon it. Maybe pray it twice a day? ;) I mean, it couldn't hurt. But clearly, it's a sign, right?