A big thanks to all those who prayed for me yesterday.
I was having a mild spiritual and emotional meltdown after falling back into a sin - "I thought i’d conquered" *yeah right* - the day after Easter. I felt terrible and just wanted to go to confession.
Today, I went early for the Noon mass, and was able to go to confession within five minutes of getting there. Thats never happened. My prayers were answered; I didn’t have to wait till the weekend or make an appointment.
I love this parish so much, not just because it’s my baptismal parish, but because before every mass the priest and those present say the Rosary, and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or another appropriate litany.
Thank you Jesus, and thank you Blessed Mother!
Act of Contrition
O my God,
I am heartily sorry for
having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins,
because I dread the loss of heaven,
and the pains of hell;
but most of all because
they offend Thee, my God,
Who are all good and
deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve,
with the help of Thy grace,
to confess my sins,
to do penance,
and to amend my life.
I went to confession yesterday.
Once again i was the only one there for confession. I got there about 10 mins before time, and I sat and prayed and enjoyed the silence.
Monsignor came in and noticed me, and said “I’ll be with you in a moment”. It was about 4:25pm. He began getting some things ready for the Mass at 5:30. Then, we went to the confession room. We talked for probably 20 minutes. Monsignor is very helpful in giving spiritual guidance during confession, and I often ask him about things I need help with.
When I left there were a few people there for 5:30 mass, but no one was in the waiting area for confession. It was about 4:50pm. Monsignor went to get ready for mass, but he didn’t seem too busy for another confession. He was walking around and he was talking to people. Still no one came to ask him for confession.
Out of the many times I’ve done this, only maybe three times were other people there to receive the sacrament. I enjoy the extended time with him during confession, because i definitely need the extra guidance. I just wish others would partake of the sacrament. I do realize that he only offers it once a week, but he will do it by appointment - almost any time, because I’ve done it that way too.
Maybe everybody goes on the Saturdays I’m not there - I don’t know. I just get so much out of it, i wish others took advantage of the opportunity to receive the sacrament.
The most effective penance
In my opinion, I got a very effective penance. It was to pray five Hail Mary’s while meditating on the five wounds of Christ. If anything gets you to be truly sorrowful, this is probably it.
HOMILY for 2nd Sunday of Easter
St Augustine calls these past Octave days of Easter “days of pardon and mercy”. For when the risen Lord appears to his disciples gathered as a group for the first time, he immediately offers them his forgiveness, mercy, and reconciliation. And this is summed up in the phrase, “Peace be with you”. For peace is the first gift of Easter. Not peace in the sense of the absence of military conflict, as such, but something of greater cosmic significance. The peace the risen Christ speaks of is primarily the reconciliation between sinful humanity and God; it is God’s loving mercy and his forgiveness.
And this reconciliation brought about by Christ’s death and resurrection, by his obedience and loving self-offering, effects a new creation. Like the first (old) creation, God accomplishes the new through his Word and the Holy Spirit. So, on that Easter evening, “the first day of the week”, the incarnate Word speaks the new creation into being, breathing forth the Holy Spirit, and the whole universe is renewed through being reconciled to God. Indeed, God’s Spirit of Love, is, as St Augustine says, “its very self the forgiveness of sins”. So, when Christ gives the Spirit to his disciples, and thus, pours his love into their hearts, he is forgiving them their sins, giving them his peace, and hence, bringing about his new creation – a creation in which God’s own love and peace is given to humanity, and dwells in their hearts; a creation in which we are offered God’s mercy and friendship. This is what we mean by the life of grace, which is initiated in every Christian by the sacrament of baptism.