The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

"I absolve you from your sins"

Well not me, but rather "Christ Jesus", as it is his will that we hear those words; "I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

As many of us gathered at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral for the City Wide Penance service there were still so many of our Catholic brethren who opted not to partake of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this Lenten season.

Why do so many of us fear the confessional? Taking a look at the room prior to the beginning of the service it looks like any ordinary room, so it must not be the room itself that fear so many. Having to disclose secrets that are hidden deep inside, that only the person and God knows can be daunting to reveal to a man. It seems that there are many misconceptions about the role of the Priest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Priest, holding the place of Jesus Christ, listens to find out if you are sorry, to advise me in how to avoid near occasions of sin, and to impart sacramental absolution which brings God's forgiveness and the grace to help me to keep my good resolutions.

Because so many are ashamed to tell intimate sins, confessionals were developed with screens to protect the anonymity of the penitent. This makes it easier to feel more comfortable to reveal those sins that have burdened you for too long.

Once you have sincerely disclosed your deepest darkest secrets you may not feel any different than when you first entered, while others may feel a sense of euphoria; as though a weight have been lifted from their hearts. However you feel, accept those words that the Priest says; "I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" as your sign that your sins have been forgiven.
Leave the confessional in good Spirit and do the Penance that the Priests tells you to do. Begin your new life once again while taking the necessary steps to avoid those sins, as far as it is humanly possible. We are all sinners and have fallen short of the Glory of God, that is why we need to keep seeking his forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Remember this; if I am not sincerely sorry for my sins I will not be forgiven. Isn't it good to know that there is someone who was ordained to listen and know if I am being sincere?

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