Father Gary Zerr

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Keizer, OR  97303

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The Gift of Confession

March 11, 2018

 

Pastor’s Column

4th Sunday of Lent

March 11, 2018

 

 

 

 

          The Sacrament of Reconciliation doesn’t just take our sins away: it gives us many benefits!  Lent is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning in our soul.  Our penance service is this Thursday, March 15th at 7 p.m.  In addition to our penance service, Brad is offering a Tuesday night presentation (March 13th) at 7 p.m. on the Power & Importance of Confession.  Give yourself a gift that will be a blessing now, in the future and in the world to come as well.  Here are some benefits of a good confession:

 

  • Reconciliation with God

  • A personal encounter with Christ

  • Divine life is restored in our soul

  • Our soul receives many graces

  • Confession reminds us of the price of sin

  • Remission of eternal punishment

  • Temporal punishment can be diminished

  • More fruitful participation in the other sacraments

  • Increases our charity

  • Cultivates hope

  • Is a sacrament of healing

  • God’s mercy is given to us verbally, tangibly, and sacramentally

  • Fosters growth in both humility and self-knowledge

  • Helps to form our conscience

  • Brings psychological benefits

  • Prevents us from falling into more serious sins

  • Improves our prayer life

  • Is a source of spiritual direction

  • Helps us to become saints

                                                                                                Father Gary

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