This Father’s Day, my dear husband gave a precious gift to our youngest son, Gareth. Gareth made his first confession, with his father and grandfather patiently waiting for his emergence from the confessional.

It has always been a great joy to both of us to present our children to this beautiful sacrament. The boys, especially, have developed a great love for confession and frequently avail themselves of its graces.

Gareth is on his journey towards the reception of First Holy Communion. He will receive on the Feast of Christ the King, just as his brother Galahad did, last year. After making his first confession, Gareth could hardly contain himself as he contemplated the day he will receive Jesus. He told his older sister Clementine, “He’s really there, you know!” Such a simple statement, and yet how profound.

“He’s really there, you know!”