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Dear Friends
Because it’s only Dec. 11th, it’s hard to believe that this is already the 3rd Sunday of Advent. I think it’s because this year, 2016, Advent is the longest it can possibly be, a full four weeks. (Next year, it will be the shortest).

Because Advent is a special time when our hearts are often touched by the gift of believing that God loves us so much He came to share life with us, and the reality of that fills us more with hope than at any other time of the year, it is also the time to “put things right” with that God, a time to acknowledge our sins and seek forgiveness and reconciliation. For those who have been away a long time, I guarantee it will make a big difference in your celebration of Christmas. In that light, I repeat a column I wrote several years ago.

“Several weeks ago, in response to an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, I wrote a reflection on the article and on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As we come closer to the Feast of Christmas, the parish will once again offer extended hours and opportunities for the celebration of this Sacrament. I repeat below some of that article as an invitation for the parish to celebrate with us this Sacrament of Peace.

“I want to thank those who were good enough to make me aware, and even send me the article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal entitled, Confession Makes a Comeback. The article was about, you guessed it, confession making a comeback. And it was not about Catholics only; it was about the comeback in other Christian denominations as well. For instance, this past summer, the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, voted to revive private confession with a priest. I have to confess, no pun intended, I didn’t even realize they ever practiced it in the first place. Other examples of confession’s return centered around the practices of some of the Evangelicals and some of the megachurches.

Of course, my own interest is in the comeback of confession among Catholics. There were two themes that came across in the article. One is a return to the traditional view of churches as moral enforcers. This may come from a view that there is a definite, perceptible decline in public morality that is not good for society. The second is what the article called “the appetite for introspection that has been buoyed by the board acceptance of psychotherapy and the emphasis on self-analysis typified by daytime talk television.” This means that shows like Jerry Springer, during which we see people confessing their sins in public, have played a part in this comeback. Talk about “will miracles never cease.”

One of the results of confession which the article brings out is the restoration of peace. We all know we are sinners. And I think we all know we stand in need of God’s forgiveness. But what we don’t always experience is that sense of peace which flows from the sacrament when we realize we have been healed. It gives us the courage to begin again and to try to change our lives. All of this can be experienced in the Sacrament of Penance, Reconciliation, Confession.

If you read the article, or if something in my column hits home, why not come and give it a try.

That was where my column ended. Now I want to update this info. Next Saturday, Reconciliation will be celebrated (in the old language, confessions will be heard) for two hours, from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. In addition, the following Wednesday, Dec. 21, we will celebrate our Parish Advent Penance Service, during which there will be time for reflection, examination and individual confessions. The Service begins at 7:30PM. Because of the Penance Service on the 21st, there will be no confessions on Monday, Dec. 19th.

As the article in the Journal points out, peace, within oneself, with God and with my neighbors (wives, husbands, children, parents, bosses – all included) can be the outcome of this experience. Daily events remind us how fragile life really is. They also remind us that there is no time like the present to make those changes in our lives which will lead to greater fulfillment and deeper harmony and peace, within ourselves and with the world (and people) around us. God is really waiting for us, to extend the healing embrace of His love. Come, either Saturday or Wednesday. I know the Lord will not let you down.
God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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