Pastor’s Message 04/30/2017

May 9th, 2017 by Donna in Pastor Message Archive


Last night my little boy confessed to me:

Some childish wrong; and kneeling at my Knee

He prayed with tears . . . “Dear God, make me a man

like Daddy — wise and strong. I know you can.”

Then while he slept I knelt beside his bed,

Confessed my sins, and prayed with low-bowed head. . .

“Oh God, make me a child like my child here –

pure, guileless, trusting thee with faith sincere.”

— A. Gillies

 Someone handed this beautiful poem to me as she came out of Mass (thanks!); she was editorial free, only pausing long enough to smile and tell me I would appreciate it. She was right.

For all of our emphasis on celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent to prepare for Easter, I was moved by the father depicted as “Trusting Thee with faith sincere.” The beautiful Sacrament is about TRUST, insofar as we place ourselves before God Who forgives us unconditionally. Our sins are never held against us, as they are absolved by the priest acting in persona Christi, in the person of Christ.

Notice that the last words of the priestly prayer are I ABSOLVE YOU in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. He never says “I forgive you” for it is not the priest we have offended. It is for God alone to forgive us in the Precious Blood of Christ. The priest is neither the judge, jury, nor “executioner.” He is never there to trip you up, or catch you, or recriminate you. Feel free to say anything on your mind or heart to the priest.   He has, in a solemn inviolate promise, made a promise NEVER to reveal what he hears in the Sacrament.

Let’s TRUST GOD with” Faith Sincere” together. Come home for Easter.

Reverend Dennis J. Vincenzo

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