Sacrament of Reconciliation

“Father why are you so insistent that people get to confession?” I answer that with, “Because we are sinners and Jesus Christ came to save sinners and the way he does that it through the use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as confession.” There is the old saying that “confession is good for the soul.” There may be more wisdom in that saying than originally intended. I have heard that prior to the early seventies, when many Catholics were in the habit of going to Confession, the level of those Catholics seeking professional counseling services (psychologists and psychiatrists) were relatively low compared to non-Catholics. However since the habit of going to confession is at an all-time low the rate of Catholics seeking counseling services has risen matching the levels of all other people.

Now I am not saying that there is no need for professional counseling services. But the weight of sin can be lifted and guilt removed by privately confessing to the priest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When the burden is lifted and we hear the words of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness our view changes and just maybe we will receive counsel from the priest that will change our lives for the better.

I have tried during Lent to provide ample opportunities for you to get to Confession. Saturday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:15, just before the 10:30 a.m. Mass. I have tried to be available following all the Masses. We then have special times throughout the busy Lenten Schedule. Please take advantage of this beautiful Sacrament and be prepared to fully enter into the Mystery of the Lord’s Death and Resurrection at Easter.

Blessings, Father Dooley

QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT Am I embarrassed to tell my faults to a priest? Do I trust in God’s mercy? Am I weighed down by sin? After confession haven’t I felt uplifted?