“A voice of one crying out in the desert:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Have you ever thought of Confession when you’ve heard these words of Isaiah that are included in today’s Gospel? The Sacrament of Confession (or Reconciliation or Penance) makes paths straight, fills every valley, and makes low every mountain and hill. What this means is that it corrects our faults, lifts us up from the sadness of sin, and humbles us in our walk with the Lord. It is the way to “prepare the way of the Lord” just like cleaning your house is the way to prepare for a guest.

With this in mind, we will have an Advent Penance Service this Wednesday night, December 12 at 7 pm. We will have two visiting priests again to offer confessions along with me. Also, like last year, I am giving you the following examination of conscience from www.patheos.com/blogs/kathyschiffer. Many of you have found this helpful. It uses the seven deadly sins and the four cardinal virtues as a guide.

Feel free to bring this into the confessional at the Penance Service on Wednesday along with the “Confession” pamphlet on the rack in the vestibule. See you there!

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg