I’ve been thinking about confessions lately. What prompted this, you ask? Well, Archbishop Aymond has called for a night when every church in the Archdiocese will be open for confessions. This “Night of Confessions” will happen on Wednesday, September 14th at 5:00 p.m. The idea for this is to give the opportunity for someone who has been away from the sacrament for a while to pick any church and be able to make a good confession. Of course it’s open to everybody! So our church will also be open at 5:00 until 6:30. You know, Jesus gave this wonderful sacrament to the Church, according to John’s Gospel, on Easter when he appeared in the upper room and said to his disciples “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (John 20:22-23). What a wonderful gift – the certainty of knowing that our sins are forgiven. Some people think that they don’t need confession – that it’s between them and God alone. But we really do need it, not because our sins are so terrible, but we need to occasionally examine our consciences well, confront our sinfulness, own our sins by naming them, and experiencing the healing power of Jesus. It’s not about “being embarrassed” or being scolded by the priest, but being able to let go of our sins and to begin over again. We should go to confession at least once a year. You certainly are invited to come to confession this Wednesday or you could come during regular times: Saturdays at 3:15 or during Advent and Easter when our Deanery offers opportunities for communal penance services. Anyway – get to confession… and God bless.
Following the WORD OF GOD
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