Every morning we wake-up is gift and another opportunity to glorify God.
“This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice in it and be glad.”
With all the daily pressures and stresses that we encounter, it’s easy lose focus and feel alone. But this quote from 1 Peter 5:7 are comforting words reminding us that God is always thinking of us and watching us.
“Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.”
-1 Peter 5:7
It’s Holy Week, and whether you just recently went to confession, or if you haven’t been in several years, there’s no better time to go. Many Catholics are afraid to go, or believe they don’t need to confess their sins to a priest because they pray to God for forgiveness. Scripture tells us:
“As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. . . . Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:21–23).
Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Saints regarding confession:
“In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.” -St. Thomas Aquinas
“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy.” -St. Isidore of Seville
And here is a beautiful video created by Catholics Come Home that expresses the joy we experience knowing God forgives our sins, and knowing that we can forgive ourselves. You can go here more information regarding confession.
The world can use more hope, and as Pope Benedict XVI reminds us, that is exactly what the Advent season should bring to every one of us. This is a time where our mind, body, and soul should be renewed with hope that God is always with us, and will one day bring us home to His everlasting kingdom.
“Advent is the spiritual season of hope par excellence, and in this season the whole Church is called to be hope, for itself and for the world.” -Pope Benedict XVI