SATURDAY HOMILY: Confession: God's CPR
may be conscious. It is called "Penance" because it requires that we be truly penitential, that is, truly sorry for our sins. Finally, it is called "Reconciliation" which, of course, is the end result of this sacrament; through this Sacrament we are made one again with God and with one another.
Confession begins with the letter "C." Penance begins with the letter "P." Reconciliation begins with the letter "R." It you put them altogether it spells, C.P.R! This Sacrament of Pardon is God's C.P.R. which He uses to revive our dead and sin-sick souls.
Sometimes people may feel that they have offended God so greatly that they are beyond God's reach. This is a thought which comes from the pit of hell and must be firmly and resolutely rejected. Confession is the last place that Satan wants sinners to go because he knows full well that there they will be set free from his stranglehold by the power of God's love and mercy.
St. Josemaria Escriva in his meditation on the Fifth Station, "Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His cross," wrote the following:
"It is not too late, nor is everything lost. Even though to you it may seem so. Even though a thousand foreboding voices keep saying so. Even though you are besieged by mocking and skeptical onlookers... You have come at a good time to take up the Cross: the Redemption is taking place -now! - and Jesus needs many Simons of Cyrene."
Lent 2013 is marching forward. It is not too late to seek God's mercy. Whether it's only been a couple of weeks or whether it's been months or years, decide today to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Do not put it off any longer. The Lord who is "kind and merciful" is waiting for you there.
Count on the prayers of Our Lady, Mother of Mercy! She will take you by the hand and gently lead you to Jesus who alone can save us from our sins.
Fr. G. Peter Irving III is a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and is pastor of Holy Innocents Church, Long Beach, California.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Fr. G. Peter Irving III, Holy Innocents Long Beach, Divine Mercy, Sacrament of Penance, Confession, Reconciliation, Father Faber, There's a Wideness in God's Mercy, forgiveness of sins, Catechism of the Catholic Church 982
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