Telling Sins isn’t Easy!

Alex, 8, was adopted from a Russian orphanage 3.5 years ago.  I am not sure why the sacrament of Penance was so difficult for him this past week.  The thought of telling a priest, a stranger, that you had been a bad boy at some point, was unbearable to him.  He cried all the way over to the church.  He sat with his buried into my sweater during the initial ceremony.  He refused to line up with the other kids by the priests to talk to them about their sins.  Eventually I walked up to the front with Alex by the hand.  I plopped him down in the chair next to the priest and then moved back a bit so to give them space.  Alex burst into tears when the priest asked if he had any sins.  The priest looked a bit shocked and said,’Well, it looks like you’re sorry for your sins” …unspoken sins but realizing they must have been there if he was crying about them.  Alex held my hand and walked with his head down, sniffling, back to the prayer room to say the prayer.  I knelt with him and said his prayer with him.  He was then given a medal to wear around his neck.  He turned to me and asked,”Is this it? Am I done?”  I told him he was done…it wasn’t so bad…etc.  He then skipped down the aisle, humming to himself, back to the pew where his dad was waiting.  People around us chuckled to themselves as they saw a totally different boy now in the pew—relieved and happy.

Another crisis deverted!!

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach,


One response to this post.

  1. You have a beautiful family. We have been working to adopt an eleven year old girl. We traveled to Ukraine in December and now wait for her birth certificate from Moscow. We did get good news this week and will probably travel again week after next.
    This is such an emotional journey.

    In Christ Jesus,


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