His son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.” But his father ordered his servants, “Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Take the fattened calf and slaughter it. Then let us celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.” Then the celebration began.
Jesus said that heaven rejoices when a sinner repents (Luke 15:7,10). We are all sinners. Reconciliation is our opportunity to reconcile with God. It is not a Sacrament of judgment and fear, but of mercy and healing. The priest who hears our confession and absolves us of our sin is acting in persona Christi (Latin, “in the person of Christ”), and so is the mediator of God’s presence in the Sacrament. We do not confess our sins simply to a priest–we confess our sins to Jesus, through the priest.
At Our Lady of Ransom, Reconciliation is offered every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Individual times can also be arranged by contacting one of the priests. Receive forgiveness of sins, and God will rejoice for you, too.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
St. Thomas More