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Father Mark Schoffner

Parochial Vicar's Corner Father Mark Schoffner

May 31, 2020

Make Confession Great Again! Did I get your attention??? This isn’t a political statement, just a way of grabbing your attention.

I do want to talk about confession though. If it’s been a while, consider coming for a little sanctifying grace. Our parish evening of reconciliation during Advent was dampered by the rain, and we didn’t get to have our Lenten one like normal. That being the case, as we finish the Easter season and are returning to a more active parish life, there may be some things that you’d like to get off your chest. The stresses of being locked up with oneself or with family constantly can be difficult mentally and physically. And, we can’t all chock it all up to mere feeling down. Thoughts come from the heart. They are interior to us before we act on them. Even if one does not act on a sinful thought, we still can choose to persist in it. That can be dangerous. And, sometimes sinful.

It might be giving into despair, or gluttony, or greed with time or toilet paper. It could be persisting in a lie or not keeping Sunday a holy day while watching Mass on the internet? Uncharitable to someone on social media? These are the mostly little, but weighty thoughts and actions which don’t help a life of holiness. We can’t be good Christians while we hold on to unrepentant sin. It’s a tough pill to swallow and hear, but the Christian life is one that lives in the promise of the Resurrection. The promise that sin and death can be defeated happens only if we place it on the cross.

I’ve had many tell me that they’ve never thought of going to confession or the need for reconciliation until Fr. Scott and myself have talked about it so much. It really is a strong and robust way of uniting yourself to God and abundantly receiving the grace we need to live the life God created us for. It’s never a burden to ask a priest to hear a confession. If it was, then anointing the dying would be a burden, or saying Mass, or baptizing a child. All of the sacraments would be a burden. We know them not to be as they are our necessary avenues of grace from God. In other words, to nourish, reconcile, feed the faithful for a life of holiness. All Christians are called to a life of holiness. That is why I hope you’ll consider coming to a regularly scheduled confession or setting up an appointment. When you go, remember: kind of sin and number of times it was committed. Keep it as simple as it is and let those good graces from God flow.

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