And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5
Your forgiveness can trigger someone else’s conversion!
When we are truly sorry for offending God, and breaking His Commandments, confession becomes transformation.
And when you do, know that the grace is there both to absolve and to fill you with divine grace.
A Grace that brings you closer to Jesus and strengthens you against temptation.”
Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…
If you haven’t gone to confession in a while, now is the perfect time to reconcile yourself with God and the Church. Most parishes have Confessions on Saturday or you can also make a private appointment with a priest. (a necessity for absolution of mortal sins)
Preparation for confession should include an examination of conscience, which means you think back on sins you have committed since your last confession. God looks at the heart. Be truly sorry for having offended Him.
What happens during confession depends on the priest and the person. Most people still start with the formula: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been (state the number of months or years) since my last confession.”
If you can’t remember the words or you don’t recall how long it’s been, don’t worry. Just tell the priest it’s been a long time, and he will guide you through the process.
What you will experience is the healing gift of God’s love, the chance to start over with a clean conscience, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
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ADVENT HEALING SERVCE
Fr. Joseph Whalen, M.S.
Fr. John E. Welch, M.S.
DECEMBER 13TH 6:45 PM
St. Gabriel the Archangel Church