With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; LORD, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication. If you, O LORD, mark iniquities, LORD, who can stand? But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered. I trust in the LORD; my soul trusts in his word. More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the LORD. For with the LORD is kindness and with him is plenteous redemption; And he will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.”

Have you ever thought of Confession when you’ve heard these words of Psalm 130 that are included in today’s (Year A) readings? We can add to what the Psalmist writes, “with the Lord in Confession there is mercy and fullness of redemption”. It is in this sacrament (also called Reconciliation or Penance) that we “cry to you, O Lord” and that the Lord hears our voice. How important it is to voice our sins to the Lord so that we name them, claim them, and give them to Him! And, then, even more importantly, He voices His forgiveness through His priest.

We want to give you an opportunity to voice your sins to the Lord and hear His voice of forgiveness at a Lenten Penance Service this Tuesday night, April 9, at 7 pm. We will have two visiting (and merciful) priests to offer confessions along with me.

The following examination of conscience rubric previously shared on our site will help you to name and claim your sins. 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 Tuesday along with the “Confession” pamphlet on the rack in the vestibule. See you there!

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg