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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Penance and the Rosary
Confession is for our healing, Penance is for our growth and strength against temptation. The priest can heal our relationship with God if we confess our sins WHOLE heartedly and with sorrow for offending God - that's Absolution. When we are absolved of our sins our relationship with God is healed. The wounds that sin inflicted on our souls Confession heals. Those healed wounds are made stronger with our Penance by the Grace of God.
Embrace your Penance as a gift of love from God Himself. It is love and strength given to you for your help. Don't rush through it. Take your time, talk with God and remember to SHUT UP so you can hear God speaking gently into your hearts. Telling you how much He loves you and is pleased with you for participating in His Sacraments. When we repent the very angels in heaven celebrate! [Luke 15:10]
I've never publically shared my personal experiences with Confession before, but today I am going to because I feel it may help other parents and perhaps inspire other priests to follow what a priest recently gave me for a Penance. Generally speaking, near the end of my Confession, I conveyed to the priest a worry I have about raising Godly children in today's secular, sexual, drug addicted society. 'What's a parent to do?' I asked.
Father Patrick Peyton - "The family that prays together, stays together."
Returning home from Confession that day, I gathered my family at our home altar (if you don't have one, I highly recommend them). I lit all the candles on the altar along with the incense (which I love) and together with one of my children kneeling on our kneeler before the altar (the rest of us seated) we all prayed the rosary together for the first time outside of our parish as a family. What joy! It was wonderful and something I am intending to practice in my family more often.