My knees were really hurting me. I was glad when I finished my penance and I could sit up again. It was my third confession, so my list was short. I forgot one of the prayers though and Fr. Ben had to help me with the words. I bet that’s why he gave me so many Hail Marys to say.
Mam told me I had to come straight home but I liked the peace and quiet of the little chapel so I stayed for a few minutes.
I sat there looking at the statue of the Our Lady. Mary was in a white dress with a blue shawl over her head. She had her arms out and was looking down and to the right. She had a sort of crown on her head.
“Blessed art thou among women.” I said again, out loud.
I get a bit confused about Mary cos she is always dressed like a nun. One day I asked Granny if Our Lady was a nun and Granny smacked me and said, “Don’t ask such a stupid question. Make sure you tell the priest that when you do your first confession.”
So I was sitting there looking at Our Lady and Fr. Ben came out of the confession box.
Still here young lady?
Yes Father, just finished my penance.
Good girl. Those prayers are in your First Holy Communion book, you should try to learn them again; but you probably don’t know where it is do you?
I do Father, mammy put it away safe with my medal.
OK, hang on there for a second.
He disappeared through a door I’d never seen before and he came back 2 seconds later with a little booklet.
Here you go. They’re all in there. Let your mammy keep your prayer-book safe.
You’re welcome love. God bless you Lizzy.
I wanted to say ‘God bless you too Father’ but I was afraid to. It’s probably something granny would smack me for saying.
When I got home Mam asked me what took me so long. I said there were loads ahead of me in the queue.
That means I already have ‘lies’ on the list for my next confession.
More Hail Marys!