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Seeking God’s Forgiveness During Lent

God's Forgiveness Lent is an excellent time for seeking God’s forgiveness, via the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In this sacrament, God cleanses us from our sins and reunites us to Christ. Although you may be apprehensive at the onset of disclosing your sins to priest, it is really Christ in whom you are confessing your sins, as the priest is acting in persona Christi, in the person of Christ. You will exit the Confessional filled with God’s graces of gratitude, humility, joy and peace.

As a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Coordinator for my parish, I work with people coming from other Christian faiths, (or no faith), who wish to consider becoming Catholic. One of the most common questions I get is “Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest? Why can’t you just ask God directly for forgiveness?” To answer these questions, this video from Bustedhalo.com gives the best answers:



Seeking God’s Forgiveness

Seeking God’s forgiveness, along with that of the community, brings us back into union with God and neighbor. Lent is the perfect time to do that, as Jesus is at the ready to issue His pardon for our sins. So, make the time to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for the Easter celebration. Open your heart, not only to God’s forgiveness, but that of your neighbor’s as well. By doing so, you will make your Lenten season more fruitful; not just for you, but for those around you. Then, be a witness for others to the saving grace of Christ received in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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2 Responses to Seeking God’s Forgiveness During Lent

  • My parish celebrated a communal Penance service on Monday afternoon and I attended. Huge numbers of parishioners attended. I had to wait nearly two hours to confess. I used the time for prayer and further examination of my conscience. I also, “offered it (the lengthy wait) up,” in reparation for my sins. I figured that’s just part of Lent.

    This morning at daily Mass our pastor commented on Monday’s turnout. The plan had been that there would be many priests available. Three from our own parish and an additional 3 or 4 from parishes north of us. There was a snow storm north of us the night before, so our pastor called the priests coming from the north and told them not to make the trip because of the hazards of driving with so much snow. He assured them that the turnout would be small anyway. So, we had just 4 priests, the 3 from our parish and 1 more from a parish south of us. They thought it would take about 45 minutes tops. Well, as I said above, it took me two hours, and there were still many others waiting their turns when I left. I bet the 2 pm event ended around supper time!

    Father said he was thrilled that so many of us wanted to be reconciled to the Lord. We will have a similar event scheduled for March on the evening of the 13th. Hopefully there will be no snow that time.

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