Went to The Stomp tonight and then went to Guy Smith’s party afterwards. Pinky was there and he looked extremely nice tonight. He even talked to me, too. Huh, I guess he still likes me after that night I shrugged him off. Went home with Dick somebody. Don’t especially like him, but his kisses are real crazy, no lie.
I also went to Confession tonight and Betty Jo went with me. I’m real glad she finally came to Confession with me at last.
Sunday Feb 10, 1952
Went to Holy Communion. Man, the Mass was real packed, but I stayed to pray the Holy Rosary.
Monday Feb 11, 1952
Daddy was off today. I hadn’t given him anything for his birthday, so today I put out my hand to shake his and slipped him a $ten$ spot, and I says “Here put it in the bank for your car”. Well you should have seen the look of sheer pleasure & surprise on his face! And he puts his hand back out to me and says “Here, I’ll give you the change”. Ha, I says “Keep it Daddy, think nothing of it”. He says “Well then, thank YOU Vilma”. Well I guess it was pretty nice of me at that.
Betty Jo came over tonight.
Tuesday Feb 12, 1952
I lost some more weight and I weigh 141 now.
Betty Jo and Mary Alice came down tonight. I forgot to tell you the other day I bought the most beautiful Crucifix medal in sterling silver. The loveliest thing you ever laid your eyes on, $2.00 was the price. So I bought myself one and one for Betty Jo. She really liked it. We are both wearing ours on chains, and I just love mine and Betty Jo loves hers too.
The Sacraments of the Church and symbols of faith, such as a crucifix, were a natural part of Vilma’s life. When our eyes are focused on the things of this world, we lose sight of heaven. That’s why Vilma wore a reminder of her faith and often went to Confession, to refocus her life back to God and His ways. Her human nature was always in need of repair, she knew she was far from perfect. She always had that inner sense that when she did wrong she needed to humble herself before the Lord, asking forgiveness.
Confession is way to look deeply within ourselves in contemplation to truly see if our life mirrors that of our faith. Essentially, we examine the raw state of our soul. In this way we are able to root out any sins, faults, and at the same time strengthen the goodness and beauty we possess.
It is in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Confession) that we find the never ending mercy of God and receive his mystical Grace (our armor) for the journey of life. Since God's mercy is infinite, our sins are but a drop in the ocean compared to His Divine Mercy, which he desires to give all of us who ask. It seems inevitable that he would provide a second chance (and a third and a fourth and a hundredth if necessary) for those who might face relapse into sin.
If we fail to look at ourselves in the light of God’s truth, how can we ever make the changes to become more like Him? And that is really what it is all about, becoming more like Christ in our daily lives.
“Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God’.
~Saint Pope John Paul II
And now, wishing I can time travel back to be in this audience, a musical interlude about faith by Elvis Presley: