Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary His Most Holy Mother! We have been considering in several articles the call to holiness that God Our Lord extends to each and every one of us. We have considered that we are all called to be saints and that is a grace we can all attain with God’s help. I have written on the importance of the plan of life to help us grow in holiness and we have already considered our daily plan and weekly plan. Now I would like to write on our monthly plan.
The saints and many recent popes have recommended monthly confession. It is an indispensable means for our growth in holiness. In the sacrament of penance we encounter the Divine Physician who is ever disposed to heal the illness of our soul. In the sacrament of penance the penitent is reconciled with God and sanctifying grace is either recovered or increased. In order to receive the sacrament of penance we must be sorry for our sins. That is the indispensable element in the sacrament. No sin could be greater than God’s mercy. The only thing God asks of us is that we be sorry for our sins.
I would encourage all of our parishioners to receive the sacrament of penance frequently. At St. Paul confessions are scheduled every Saturday from 4.00 to 4.45. I also try to be in the confessional in between the Masses on Sunday. When we see the light on in the confessional we know that the priest is there.
We should make every effort to receive the sacrament of penance frequently. If we do so we can be certain that we are well on our way to the life of holiness.
May God continue to bless you for all your goodness. This week I received a letter from the Bishop expressing his sincere gratitude that St. Paul’s has exceeded our Catholic Ministries Appeal by more than 35%. All that is received above goal is returned to the parish so your generosity not only helps so many diocesan wide programs, but directly comes to St. Paul to fund so many of the wonderful ministries and activities we have here. Soon I will write to you about the importance of the Appeal in the mission of the Church and the life of our parish.
Please pray for all of our sick parishioners and those in the hospital and in Nursing Homes.
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda