COME BACK TO ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART
DON’T LET FEAR KEEP US APART..
The opening words of a beautiful Lenten Hymn remind us that next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. This begins a period of preparation for Easter and the Celebration of the Paschal Mystery...the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
God in his surpassing goodness continually invites us to a deeper knowledge and love of Him...but first we need to clean up our act. As we prepare our gardens at Springtime in readiness for the glories of Summer, so too we are invited to remove the wintery accumulation of sinful imperfections.
This will require self-denial, self-control and a good deal of humility...to admit we have done wrong and make amends before God. So...Kimmage Manor Parish parishioners are invited, besides any private penances they may choose to accept, to consider the following:
- Throughout Lent each Friday a Holy Hour will take place in our parish church, concluding with Benediction, between 7.00 and 8.00 p.m. Remember Jesus’ words...COULD YOU NOT WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME?
- Reconciliation will be available as always at the times listed in your Parish Bulletin...or at any other appropriate time. Just ask one of your priests. Pope Francis has this to say about the Sacrament of Reconciliation: Someone might say “I CONFESS ONLY TO GOD”...but our sins are against our brothers and sisters, against the Church: and for this it is necessary to confess to Christ...through a priest.” He said no one should be ashamed to go to Confession: “SHAME IS GOOD..It’s healthy to have a bit of shame...it makes us more humble”.