“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 9:10

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TODAY’S WORD…

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“Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.”

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– Matthew 9:10 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Every well-made Confession is an impulse which Our Lord gives us

to go ahead, freed from our miseries, with new courage and joy.

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This is when Christ lovingly says to us once more:

Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven, begin again…

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It is Christ Himself who forgives us when we have humbly told Him our faults.

St. Pope John Paul II tells us that when we confess our sins

it is “to God Himself, although in the confessional there is a man – the priest – who listens to us.”

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A confession made with consciousness of its supernatural nature

is a real act of love for God.

In the depth of our soul we hear Christ ask, as He asked Peter: Do you love me?

And we too can answer, in the very words of the Apostle:

Lord, You know everything, You know that I love You!

Lord, You know that I love You…in spite of everything.

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In Confession we are given special graces

to avoid precisely those defects and sins which we have confessed and repented.

To value frequent Confession

is a sign of spiritual refinement and love for God.

To despise it or to be indifferent to it

suggests inward coarseness, pride even, and a real blindness to supernatural realities.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord Jesus, thank You for the Sacrament of Reconciliation,

through which I can get close to You again.

Thank You, Lord God. Forgive me, Lord God.

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[*] Today’s reflection is sourced from the seven-volume work “In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.

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