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Pastor's Column

The Gift of Confession

Pastor’s Column

4th Sunday of Lent

March 10, 2024

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation doesn’t just take our sins away: it gives us many benefits! Lent (and a great parish mission) is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning in our soul. Our penance service is this Wednesday March 13 at 6:30 p.m.  Give yourself a gift that will be a blessing now, in the future and in the world to come as well. Here are just a few benefits of a good confession:

  • Reconciliation with God

  • A personal encounter with Christ

  • Divine life is restored/renewed in our soul

  • Our soul receives many graces that are there if only we ask for them

  • Confession reminds us of the price of sin

  • Remission of eternal punishment

  • Helps us have a better personal judgment on the last day of our lives

  • 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 us to form our conscience

  • Brings psychological benefits

  • Prevents us from falling into more serious sins

  • Improves our prayer life

  • Can be a source of spiritual direction

  • Helps us to become the saints we were meant to be 

Father Gary ~


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