“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Proverbs 28:13

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

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– Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)

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INSTRUCTION…by St Cyril of Jerusalem…

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“If anyone here is a slave to sin

then let him make himself ready through faith for the new birth into the freedom of God’s adopted children. […]

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Through confession, strip yourself naked of your old human nature,

which is being torn apart by deceitful desires,

and clothe yourself in the new nature,

which is being mended and made whole by knowledge of the One who created you.

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By faith receive the guarantee of the Holy Spirit,

so that you will be received into your eternal home.

Come before the mystical Seal of God’s kingdom

so that you may be easily recognised by the Master.

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Be counted as part of the holy and spiritual flock of Christ,

to be set apart on his right hand and receive the inheritance that has been prepared for you. […]

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If you are found worthy,

you will hear the words Well done, good and faithful servant

– when your conscience has been examined and found to be free of all taint of hypocrisy.

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If anyone here thinks of putting God’s grace to the test,

he is deceiving himself and ignorant of the power of things.

Keep your soul sincere and free of hypocrisy

because God searches the mind and the heart.

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The present time is the time for confession.

Confess what you have done,

whether by words or by actions,

whether by day or by night.

If you confess at the acceptable time,

you will receive the heavenly treasure on the Day of salvation.

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Make yourself pure so that you may be a vessel of more abundant grace. […]

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If you are holding anything against anyone, forget it, let it go.

You have come here to receive forgiveness of sins,

so you must first forgive whoever has sinned against you.”

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TWO REASONS WHY WE NEED TO GO TO CONFESSION…by Pope Francis

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“First, the fact that the forgiveness of our sins is not something we can give ourselves.

I cannot say: I forgive my sins.

Forgiveness is asked for, is asked of another, and in Confession we ask for forgiveness from Jesus.

Forgiveness is not the fruit of our own efforts but rather a gift,

it is a gift of the Holy Spirit

who fills us with the wellspring of mercy and of grace

that flows unceasingly from the open heart of the Crucified and Risen Christ.”

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“Secondly, it reminds us that we can truly be at peace

only if we allow ourselves to be reconciled, in the Lord Jesus, with the Father and with the brethren.

And we have all felt this in our hearts, when we have gone to confession with a soul weighed down and with a little sadness;

and when we receive Jesus’ forgiveness we feel at peace,

with that peace of soul which is so beautiful, and which only Jesus can give, only Him.”

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Do not let me harden my heart, but make it humble and contrite,

and lead me to confess my transgressions,

that I may be forgiven and healed

…and that my soul may be filled with Your peace.

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