Sin is ugly. Sin hurts our relationship with God. Sin hurts our relationship with ourself. Sin hurts our relationships with others. Sin is ugly.
Jesus understood this and it is why He began His ministry with the words: Repent and believe in the Good News. Jesus wants us to turn away from our sins and begin to live in a new way. One of the ways this happens is in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God gave us this Sacrament because it is the way He wanted to reach out to us, forgive us and give us the grace to start again. Since this is the way that God has chosen to come to us, don’t you think you ought to let Him come to you?
People will often say that they confess their sins to God directly. Good. However, your sin also hurts other people, how do your receive their forgiveness? Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation God allows this priest (the minister of God’s mercy) to forgive our sins against God and our sins against others (the Church). It is also through this Sacrament that we are assured of God’s mercy – we are told YOU ARE FORGIVEN!
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered at St. Raymond Church (the “Confessional” is in the sacristy to the right of the altar; face to face or “behind the screen” is available) every Saturday afternoon (4:30 to 4:50), Sunday Morning (9:30 to 9:50), any time by calling the Pastor and monthly with Cluster 18 Parishes (see our weekly Bulletin for the next opportunity.