Let's confess, one of the greatest tensions for Catholics and non-Catholic Christians alike, is finding a way to reconcile with reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance or "going to confession" brings such joy for those who understand what perfect love can give. But, it can be such a turn-off for those who were never taught right or aren't ready to deal with their life. So where do you stand with it all? Come on, I have it heard it all: "I really don't do anything that bad, " "I don't believe in it...and why do I have to go to a priest anyway, he's not any better than I am," "I had a really bad experience with it once," "it's been too long, you don't have enough time," "I moved on with it, I tell God at bedtime and He forgives me," etc., etc., etc. If you happen to be amongst the majority who do not celebrate the beauty of this Sacrament, perhaps this Lent you can grow in your understanding of why St. John Paul II teaches, "Confession is an act of honesty and courage--an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God," or why my nephew said on his first confession, "I'm perfect. I feel like an angel. I'm never gonna do those things again (as he ran around in circles screaming with joy)." This Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Fr. Thomas and I will be joining every priest and every Roman Catholic Church in the diocese to welcome you to know how much Jesus Christ loves you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation...yes, please just walk in...no matter how long it has been or what you may have done and would rather not think about...we will walk you through it all and help you share in a night you can know just how perfect God's love can make you. Hopefully there is a line out to Manchester Road, if so, don't worry you can join us for 6:30 p.m. Mass or enjoy the choir practicing for Lent and Easter. Just come...just let Him love you--we will leave the light on for you--His light!
Pax, Fr. Bline