When the priest actually placed the round wafer on my outstretched tongue, it was almost redundant. I had already received my first communion. My mother was my priest, the flowers were my Eucharist, and I was the stumbling, sorry recipient, overwhelmed at my own unworthiness, shaky in my faith, but loved completely in spite of it.
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Source Notes: Chasing Grace: Reflections of a Catholic Girl, Grown Up ("Eucharist: Lilies of the Valley") (1996). Having had a run-in with a nun during preparations for her First Holy Communion, Manning is lovingly prepared for the ceremony by her mother, who gives her a homemade bouquet and gold religious medals.
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