Yesterday was the Solemnity of St. John the Baptist. Immediately, the word "repentance" came to my mind. This is not a happy word to many, since it calls to mind a sinful state. Yet when I think about it more, I see repentance as something truly beautiful. Repentance is to say "I am sorry" to God. It is a prerequisite for reconciling with God. When we repent, God forgives us, thus removing our burden of guilt and any prior barrier that existed between God and us. Heaven rejoices and definitely, we should too. Now, can you think of a happier word than "repentance"?