I would like to share with you a prayer I found in a small booklet; “The Work of Your Hands; Prayers for Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments of Grace.” It is a prayer I personally have prayed as I prepared myself for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Prayer Before Confession After a Long Absence I confess, Lord, it’s been a while, and I feel a bit ashamed. My guilt just seemed to get in the way, and now I’ve put this off for too long. Why do I let myself stay so far from you when I know in my heart that you have never left? I am afraid, Lord, that if I reveal myself to you show you who I have become, you will not recognize me as your own. So I beg you, look upon me as you would look upon your Son, Jesus, that you might see and love in me what you see and love in Christ. Then when I rise up and go to you, I shall be overwhelmed with love when I see you running to me with your arms wide open.
Why do we put off asking God for forgiveness? Why is it that so many tend to avoid the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation?
Could it simply be human nature to not want to admit our sinfulness?
Will God really understand all that I struggle with and will he love me still? The answer to that question is an emphatic YES! There is nothing we cannot be forgiven for if we are sorry and ask for forgiveness. The price for our sin has been paid and we are saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let us live like we believe that and let us not put off having that heart to heart with God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Come home this Lent that God might make your heart and soul new again! St. Francis Xavier Parish Penance Service Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm
There will be a number of additional priests here to assist. Let us come as a family of God, a community of believers to receive the gift of grace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Mark your calendars, bring your family. Let us pray together to our merciful and loving God.
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