because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God. And this is the verdict, that the Light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For those who do wicked things hate the light and do not come toward the light, so that their works might not be exposed. But those who live the truth come to the light, so that their works may be clearly seen as done in God.”
~ John 3:16-21
Last week, Pope Francis spoke to confessors about helping peni-tents make a good confession. He reminded the priests that “by listening to the penitent during confession, we listen to Jesus him-self, poor and humble; by listening to the Holy Spirit, we put our-selves in attentive obedience, becoming listeners of the Word in order to know what God wants to be done.”
The Holy Father reminds us that the sacrament of con-fession is a privileged time where both priest and penitent bring the presence of the Lord to each other. It reminds us that we are all connected through, with, and in the Lord – in His Body, the Church. During the holy season of Lent, we are called to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These actions are meant to draw us clos-er to the Faith, which is our aid to draw us closer to God. Please take the time to share in confession, it is an assistance to holiness which is beyond measure in drawing us nearer to Christ.
Confessions will be heard in Holy Week on Monday from 3-6 & 7-9, on Good Friday from 6-9, and on Holy Saturday from 9-Noon.