We live in an age of constant distractions, to such a degree that we don’t even see our inner conflicts, our true need for renewal. When we press the pause button on our lives and allow ourselves time for reflection we become aware of our inner needs, our need for change. When was the last time you heard the voice of God whisper to you that you are special and how in your fragile humanity you belong to God? Most of us are all too keenly aware of badness – our faults and failures. We need, however, to see our own goodness, to feel the embrace of God. We find holiness in our weakness. God affirms our weakness; God loves us in our sin. The real problem with sin is that it diminishes the dignity of our true self. Advent is the perfect time to press the pause button on our lives so we can better hear the still, silent voice of God whispers words of mercy and love to us.

When I was kid, confession was known as the Sacrament of Penance. We counted our sins and felt guilt over not being able to curb them. Today, confession goes by a different name: the Sacrament of Reconciliation. And that dramatic change reflected an entirely different theological point of view. We were no longer just creating a list of sins and seeking forgiveness. We were embarking on reconciliation with God, putting God back on the throne of our lives. And yes, sin would still be a reality in our lives, but so too would God’s unending grace which gently drew us closer and closer to God and further and further away from our own self-centeredness.


2 Responses to “Reconciliation”

  1. 1 luigidaniele March 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    2 things. I kinda like the name Sacrament of Penance. Father Francesco named us the Order of Penitents originally, after all. 😉

    A lenten book recommendation: The Gospels According To Francis by Hilarion Kistner, OFM. I’m about half way through it, and it is fantastic. 🙂

  2. 2 luigidaniele March 14, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Also, while I am at it, Gerry: please consider a sequel to Sun and Moon (maybe call it Return to Assisi).

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