Pastor’s Reflection for April 2, 2017
During this season, you are encouraged to go to confession, to receive God’s mercy. The following is an Examination of Conscience that may be helpful in your preparation for the sacrament.
· Have I been involved with tarot cards, mediums, séances, Ouija boards, fortune tellers?
· Do I honor God on the Sabbath by going to Mass and participating fully?
· Do I neglect my relationship with God by prioritizing my own pleasure over prayer or Scripture reading?
· Have I misused the name of God by swearing or cursing?
· Do I honor and love my parents as God commands?
· Do I love and care for my spouse and children as I should?
· Am I faithful to my marriage or religious vows?
· Do I view pornography or give in to lust in other ways?
· Have I acted impurely, either alone or with someone else?
· Have I spoken hurtful or untruthful words?
· Do I need to forgive someone who has hurt me or apologize to someone who I hurt?
· Am I jealous of someone else’s success or possessions?
· Have I taken something that doesn’t belong to me or withheld money from the poor and needy?
· Have I harmed my body or anyone else’s through violence, substance abuse, or neglect?
· Have I been stubborn, impatient, arrogant, or greedy?
One option for the Act of Contrition:
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever lead me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In His name, my God, have mercy.
Another option is to say, “Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. and also on Wednesday, The Light Is On For You, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
As a reminder, our Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, April 5, beginning at 7:00 p.m. with the rosary.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,