Nov. 8, 2005, 11:31 a.m.

Sacrament Of Reconciliation

Joy writes the following (from an email dated 11/3/2005)...

We need confession or the sacrament of reconciliation for our sins, even venial sins, to be absolved so we can enter the kingdom of heaven and behold God. We should also take advantage in receiving the Holy Eucharist while we are here on earth so we can become more and more one with Christ. As St. Therese of Lisieux said whenever she thinks of the Holy Eucharist "the Body of Christ longs to be in another heaven, our soul, rather than rest in a ciborium" (I am paraphrasing here since I do not have the book handy).

It is good to do good deeds or share the good news. But if we do not unite these with prayers and the sacraments then they will just all be futile. As St. Josemaria Escriva said: prayer, prayer, prayer and then action. He also said that apostolate and charity are an over-flow of a rich prayer life. Do not forget that the sacraments were left to us by Jesus Christ as a source of grace. Please go to confession and to holy mass as frequent as possible. Some Catholics who are bed-ridden ask for confession and holy communion. You do not have an excuse. Offer up your suffering and inhibitions to God in union with our Lord Jesus Christ's passion and death in Calvary.