Advent 2019 – Sacrament of Reconciliation
In the season of Advent we are preparing for the Second Coming of Christ at the end of times and for His First Coming as a lowly child in the manger at Christmas.
However there is a “third coming.” Christ draws to us at every moment of our life! Jesus is madly in love with you – He thirsts for your love. A privileged way to encounter Him is through the Sacraments.
In the Sacrament of Reconciliation we encounter Christ the Healer because this Sacrament is one of the Sacraments of Healing. As you know sin hurts the whole body of Christ including the one who commits it. The fathers of the Church speak of sin as a wound. In confessing my sins I acknowledge that I am a weak human being who needs God. I promise to amend my ways to leave sin behind and to start a new life in Christ. It is only in Christ that I can have true joy and peace.
As in our daily relationships we need to ask for pardon and receive forgiveness so it is in our relationship with God. This Advent let us be reconciled with God and the Church (people of God) by receiving God’s healing mercy and love. “Let us not get tired of asking for forgiveness. First of all, God always forgives us. He never tires of this. It’s we who get tired of asking for forgiveness.” (Pope Francis, January 23, 2015)
I hope to see you at our reconciliation service on December 8th or at one of the other ones.
Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. St. Peter’s Church
Sunday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. St. Nicholas Tavelich Church
Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. St. Anthony of Padua Church
Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. St. John Cantius Church
Thursday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church
Tuesday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church
Thursday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. Holy Ghost Church
Sample examination of Conscience can be accessed at the following website (It was included with the bulletin): https://fathersofmercy.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Exam.A4.pdf
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