Traffic jam. Piang!!!

My #3 is receiving his first Holy Communion next week. Bad me had read and misunderstood the schedule changes.

So, instead of bringing him to church today at 8.30 a.m., I conveniently drop by at 10.30 am, thinking of bringing him for confession. Turned out that the children had to be in church from 8.30 am for some session with their teachers before confession.

Later, when I picked him up at 12 noon, I asked if his cathecism teacher asked him why he was so late? He told me yes, teacher asked. And his reply?

“Traffic jam.”

My reply – “Aiyoyo, I never teach you to lie like that, ok? Our house is less than 10 minutes from church and you arrived 2 hours later and you tell teacher you kena traffic jam? Next time, just tell teacher your mom made a mistake or blame your papa not free or something, ok? You must tell the truth.”

#3 insisted – Real one what? Just now when we came out from McDonalds, got a little bit of jam what. (McD is only 3 minutes away from church!!!!)

BTW, to those of you who are Catholics, I wonder if you still remember your first Holy Communion? This is the first time one of my son is receiving it.

Do the other Christian denominations have something similar to celebrate the children ‘coming of age’? The 16 years old youths are having their confirmation next Saturday along with my kid’s first Holy Communion.

I wrote ‘L.O.V.E. is spelled T.I.M.E’ about last year event.

7 Replies to “Traffic jam. Piang!!!”

  1. I have always strongly state my point that children should never be exposed to religion. It indoctrinates them into a certain thought that is already set by the religious groups or sect and it is very hard to break out from it. Most people think it is good not to break out of the dogmas and the indoctrination because it’s against the “laws” or “rules” of the religion/whatever form of indoctrination. It is okay if the kids go and learn about good values, but once they come to the point of the metaphysical, all the indoctrination comes in. Hell, it takes a long time to break down the castle of “defence” set up by indoctrination and past experiences.
    Everything that is unchristian is the work of the devil.

    Now I shall attempt to sell shoes and pose as Jessica Simpson. Maybe I shall sell you home loans

  2. Chewyx – I have a lot of moms who told me the same thing. Let the children grow and let them choose. But, wake up, it will be way too late. Because no one would bother to choose any religion when they have worshipped money, vices, drugs, same-sex relations and all the stuffs. So, I would say it is blardy irresponsible if parents did not guide their kids towards moral teachings and giving them some religious foundation when they were small. Like the Malay sayings, Merentung buluh, biarlah dari rebungnya. As for your perception of Christianity, I guess you have pretty screwed up views from God-knows-where.

    The only religious things we taught our children is to be polite, considerate, responsible and be part of a community, living in peace. God bless you!

    carboncopy – Hahaha, we parents never ask our kids what they confessed because it is strictly between them and their conscience (God). Even the priest (as a human person) has no part in it.

  3. Many Christians denominations are split on the issue of ‘baby baptism.’ My current church does not practice baby baptism but if the parents insist, they’ll do baby dedication.

    Personally, I am neither for or against baby baptism, because I believe ‘baby baptism’ is more of a ritualistic act. 🙂 True salvation comes from the beliefs & acceptance of the creed below…

    Apostles’ Creed
    1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

    2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

    3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

    4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:

    5. The third day he rose again from the dead:

    6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

    7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:

    8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:

    9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:

    10. The forgiveness of sins:

    1l. The resurrection of the body:

    12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

    We know that baptism alone is not a guaranteed passage to Heaven. It is the person’s walk with God that determines his salvation.

  4. What would we do without the selfless dedication of Cathechism teachers, I wonder. I just attended a mass that celebrated the First Holy Communion of 111 kids. The entire mass was handled by them, from commentating, to reading to offertory to the choir, to even a lovely thanksgiving dance. The child cantor for the Responsorial Psalm absolutely captivated every one.

  5. percolator – Yeap, the cathecism teachers and the RCIA facilitators are tough roles. Something that I don’t think I dare to offer my service to. Many of my church members had asked me to be a cathecism teacher. Oh NO, I had enough kids of my own, I want my sanity. And I am much too ignorant to teach kids anyway.

    Samm – Don’t worry, it normally baffles people.

    Helen – I agree with you. It is very divided on this issue. I see baptism as a form of thanksgiving, the mark that the baby is born, rejoice, welcome baby to the community and the parents’ seal of commitment that they will bring him/her up as a Christian. As far as I am concerned, even my parents who do not know Christ probably have their place in Heaven based on their good virtues. Of course, I got very bothered with that best selling book – Heaven can wait. If you have read it, you will probably know that I cannot get past the chapters on aborted fetuses. I will stick to the Jesus I know in my own heart.

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