Our Lady and Sheen

The Pope on the Sacrament of Penance

His Holiness, while writing to seminarians throughout the world, spoke on his personal devotion to penance.  I think that to read what the Holy Father writes, and especially what he quotes, is something that needs to be read constantly and drilled into our hearts and our minds for the daily struggle of life on the road to Heaven.  Take strength, even in your struggles, knowing that God who is perfect, loves you perfectly.

3. The sacrament of Penance is also important. It teaches me to see myself as God sees me, and it forces me to be honest with myself. It leads me to humility. The Curé of Ars once said: “You think it makes no sense to be absolved today, because you know that tomorrow you will commit the same sins over again. Yet,” he continues, “God instantly forgets tomorrow’s sins in order to give you his grace today.” Even when we have to struggle continually with the same failings, it is important to resist the coarsening of our souls and the indifference which would simply accept that this is the way we are. It is important to keep pressing forward, without scrupulosity, in the grateful awareness that God forgives us ever anew – yet also without the indifference that might lead us to abandon altogether the struggle for holiness and self-improvement. Moreover, by letting myself be forgiven, I learn to forgive others. In recognizing my own weakness, I grow more tolerant and understanding of the failings of my neighbour.

To read the rest of the letter, you can see it here.

Update: Fr. Z goes on to speak about this letter in great detail here

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October 18, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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