HAS CELEBRATING 

THE GREAT JUBILEE
BROUGHT US TO 

REPENTANCE
and
RECONCILIATION ?

 

Prayer ~~ "Come Holy Spirit, come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your well-beloved spouse."

During the Great Jubilee, our Lord had invited all of us to reconcile with God, with our families and with
all His people!
and His invitation continues!!!  

 

Please journey with us a while longer ~~

We also have a "DOOR."

OUR "DOOR" IS OUR Spiritual HEART, or SOUL.

     

It is Jesus Who is standing at the "door" of our hearts and is "knocking!" 

We may say, ~~  "But we do not 'hear' Him knocking!"  Is it because His knock is so "soft" that it cannot be heard above the clamor of telephone calls, television, radio, CD players and other  distractions.

We may say, ~~  "But we do not 'feel'  Him knocking!"  Is it because His knock is so "gentle" that we are unable to "feel" it upon our hearts because they have been "hardened" due to a long estrangement from Him? 

Or maybe ~~  do we sometimes "hear" and "feel" His knock, but believe that are our hearts so full of the activities of this worldly life that there is "no room" for Him?  

 

                           He is Patient! He will keep on "knocking!" 

How long are we going to keep Him waiting? 

HE WILL WAIT ~  HE is Patient!  

BECAUSE HE LOVES US!!!

Our beloved Pope reminds us that the graces and blessings that have been bestowed from Heaven during the Great Jubilee Year of 2000 will continue in order that all of us  

will be able  ~~

        ~~  to "hear" His knock ~~

                   ~~  to "feel" His knock ~~     

                                               ~ ~  and to no longer keep Him waiting!  

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picture to "open" the door

These same graces will allow us to "make room" in our hearts so that He will feel welcome.

 

Once we have "opened" the "door" to our heart, Jesus will fill it with His Light, His Love and His Truth! 

IT IS HE WHO WILL TAKE US 'by the hand' AND LEAD US TO THE FATHER.  

Many of us have "seen" the light and truth of Jesus Christ (John 12:46) but we want to stay in the darkness (John 3:19).  WHY?  Is it because of our sins?  If we say that we do not sin, we are calling Jesus a Liar! (1st John 1:8,10) Once we are able to see the "light of TRUTH", and acknowledge our sinfulness, RECONCILIATION is the means by which we ask for God's forgiveness.

Jesus "waits for us" in THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION in order to give to each one of us the precious "gifts" of supernatural grace and peace that can only be obtained from God through RECONCILIATION. 

That is why it is sometimes called the "Sacrament of Peace." It is by confessing our sins our offenses, and our negligence to a priest that we are able to find a joy-filled "calm" amidst all the "hustle and bustle" of this life.

 Why to a priest? Because Jesus, Himself said so He said, "...As the Father hath sent me, I also send you { the Apostles } Whose sins you have forgiven, they are forgiven them: and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained." John 20:21-23 He didn't say '...As the Father hath sent Me, I also send Myself. Whose sins I shall forgive, they are forgiven...whose sins I shall retain, they are retained.'  

Christ, Himself, dispenses His "divine forgiveness" through ordained priests who are empowered to forgive sins by virtue of their sacred ordination.  It is a Divine power given by God to his Apostles, Bishops and priests. 

 

RECONCILIATION has two purposes!  

The primary purpose is to restore "divine grace" to a soul who has lost it by the commission of "mortal" or "serious" sin.  It is also this type of sin that has a devastating effect upon the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Love that are instilled into our souls through the Sacrament of Baptism.  If we feel that we have no faith, no hope and no love, we must ask our self, "Have I been Baptized?"  If the answer is YES, then the second question we need to ask is, "Have I fallen into mortal or serious sin which has not yet been 'confessed'?" 

 Once we return to God's grace through RECONCILIATION, these virtues are able to flourish again!

The secondary purpose is to give to a soul that is already in the "state of grace," NEW additional grace  to help overcome their faults and weaknesses, to be better able to overcome temptations and to continue GROWING into full stature with Christ.   

What is a sin?  God gave us ten commandments, or rules to follow. Sometimes, we think we have permission to "change the rules" so that we may fill, not our human needs, but our human "wants" and desiresThe truth is that when we break one or more of those rules, we have sinnedWe have distanced ourselves from God.  To be reconciled with the Living Christ, we must desire to have our souls in a "state of grace, because it is only then that we are in "union with Him."

 Being in "union with Him" is the "normal" state in which God wants us to be and when we are not in the "state of grace", we are in an "abnormal" state ~~

 And only the Sacrament of Reconciliation can restore this "normal" union with God. When we confess our sins, we must be truly sorry and then try not to commit those sins again.  We must ask for God's forgiveness with a contrite heart.

Then we must forgive!  "Leave your gifts at the altar.. reconcile with your brother, then offer your gifts." (Matthew 5:23-24).  God is telling us to forgive others so that we may be forgiven.  Forgiveness is allowing ourselves to be set "free" of selfish egoism and pride.  We may be asking ourselves, "But doesn't an act of forgiving seem that I am a coward or weakling?"  NO!  We are doing God's will by saying "I am sorry.  I forgive."  Is God a coward or weakling because he wants to forgive us?  God is asking that our forgiveness be not just words without feelings, but to be meant from our hearts.  

Reconciliation is also forgiving our enemies.  God asks us to love and forgive others for their wrongdoings.  Did not Jesus forgive those who crucified Him on the Cross?  YES!  Forgetting His own pain and suffering, He even pleaded with His  Father, " ...Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."   ( Luke 23:34 )      

He took pity on them.  He did not pity Himself.  We, also must pray for our enemies and ask God to forgive them.  When we do this with a sincere and contrite heart, this is an example of doing God's will and not our own.

 

What if we have been away from the Father's House for many years, or feel that we have done something so terrible that we could not be worthy of God's Mercy and Forgiveness?  

For those of us who may feel this way, let us be reassured  that everyone is worthy of God's forgiveness because Jesus, Himself, instituted the 
Sacrament of Reconciliation
  (Penance or Sacramental Confession) 

that He may forgive us, not once or twice, but as often as we need to recover grace!   

 

 There He waits for us to wash away our sins, not in water,

but in His Blood!!! 

The Father is waiting to embrace us with His "arms open wide" to welcome us back Home

 

It is the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II 's, most ardent desire that the year of the Great Jubilee, will have allowed NO ONE " TO EXCLUDE HIM OR HERSELF FROM THE FATHER'S LOVING EMBRACE!" 

 

Jesus waits patiently for us to "invite" Him into our Hearts. 

 

 Once He is there, a powerful "CONVERSION" will take place!

 

He will "transform" our hearts and our minds!  

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