LENTEN RECONCILIATION

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LENTEN RECONCILIATION
• Confession helps me to stay on the right track.
• When I remember that it is Jesus whom I encounter in Confession, all of my
excuses for putting it off are just that – excuses.
• Jesus does not meet me in confession to judge me but to set me out to follow
Him more closely.
• For me, going to confession is making concrete the experience of recognizing
my sin, asking God’s forgiveness, and making a resolution to take up an action
which either resolves or improves what happened.
• I see the value of confession as one which allows a person the time to examine
their life with God and make human contact in the person of the priest to feel
the love and consolation God gives to us all.
What do you call this Sacrament? Is it the Sacrament of Penance, which
emphasizes the action given to go forth to change or resolve a piece of your life?
Is it the Sacrament of Confession, which stresses the action of naming sin so that
God can name grace in your life? Is it the Sacrament of Reconciliation which
means to “bring together again,” to once again join hands in good relationship?
All of these titles and names are given to the same Sacrament that we call –
healing.
The above quotes come from the reflections of several different parishioners. I
asked them for their perspective, and they gave me their lived-out experience and
offered great insight into what this opportunity of encountering the Lord has to
offer. Perhaps you may find yourself and your thoughts in these lines as well.
However, whatever name you call it – Reconciliation, Penance, Confession – there
are still some Catholics who really struggle with this opportunity of prayer, this
opportunity of experiencing the healing of Christ in their lives. Lent is time to cast
aside the worry, to cast aside the fear, to cast aside the excuses and hear our voice
proclaim “I’m sorry” and in turn, hear God’s voice proclaim a new resolve and
another way, that proclaims healing and forgiveness.
You are invited to any of these opportunities to encounter the healing presence of
the Lord in your life in a real way this Lent…
• Wednesday, March 12: Diocesan Wide Reconciliation – every Catholic
Church in the Diocese will be open and priests will be available for individual
confession from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
• Wednesday, March 26: St. Brendan Communal Penance at 7:00 P.M.
• Monday, April 14, from Noon – 1:00 P.M.
• Wednesday, April 16, from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M.
• Every Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 P.M.
Peace,
Fr. Tom