Monday, February 25, 2013

Tuesday, February 16, 2013

Reflection:  Today we are reminded of the beauty and the cleansing power that flows from the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We are reminded of our sinfulness and our need to “wash yourselves clean.”  Just as in our act of contrition, we are called beyond simply seeking forgives in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We are called to a deeper holiness.  We are called to “cease doing evil; learn to do good.”  While we can try to hide our sins from the world, and even from ourselves, they are like scarlet to our Lord.  He longs to see us washed clean, to be white as snow, and to be covered in His loving grace.  Let us seek His forgiveness and strive to sin no more after we receive His saving forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Reflection for younger saints:  Today’s readings remind us that we all make mistakes, and we all sin.  But, God loves us so much and wants us to always seek forgiveness in Him and to always try to do better next time.  We receive forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Big Picture:  Become white as snow

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  When we have sin in our hearts, God says those sins are scarlet, crimson red.  This means they stand out to God and He can always see our sin.  Where can we receive forgiveness for those sins?  (Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation).  What happens when we seek God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  (We receive God’s forgiveness for all of our sins, and we are washed clean and made as white as snow.)  How often can we receive this Sacrament?  (As often as we can.  God’s forgiveness always brings us closer to Him and helps us to grow in holiness.)
     Older saints:  Reflect on the visual our Lord gives us of our sinfulness being scarlet, crimson red; while His forgiveness helps us to be washed clean and to be as white as snow.  What does God see when He looks in your heart today?  Do you need to be washed clean?  When was the last time you sought forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  Take time today to examine your conscience and to schedule confession into your life, be it weekly or monthly. 

Fun Fact:  Confession is the act of telling our sins to a priest to obtain forgiveness.  We go to the priest, who takes Christ’s place, and Christ, through the priest, forgives our sins (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 151).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Porphyry of Gaza
     What they are remembered for:  St. Porphyry of Gaza is well-known for his generosity to the poor.  He made the deserts and caves his home for some time before he was ordained as a priest.  The accounts of his life as a priest and later as a Bishop, are not entirely known.  He is known to have worked tirelessly for the faith, and converted many souls.
     Feast day:  February 26
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