August 9, 2022     3:07 pm
293. Week of Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity - Friday
          Let us search and try or ways, and turn again to the Lord.   Lamentations 3:40
          Observe a dear little child when it has done something wrong, how it comes to its father or to its mother and begs forgiveness. Or remember how the prodigal son came to himself and said: "I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you." (Luke 15:18) Thus we should go to Confession. We must truly know and realise our sin. We must beware of going to Confession from mere force of habit, scarcely considering or knowing what or how we have sinned. We should first search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. We must search and try our ways in the light of God's Law. "For by the Law is the knowledge of sin." (Rom. 3:20) We should take up the commandments one by one, and in so doing search and try our ways. We shall then find enough wrong, transgression, and sin. We should also consider the station of life into which we have been placed by God, and in the light of God's commandments endeavour to discern where we have sinned with regard to it. And then we should arise and go to our Father, and in sincere penitence confess our sins to Him in the confessional service. He will then assure us of His grace through absolution. God grant you grace through His Spirit for Christ's sake that your confession may always be such.
          PRAYER: - Heavenly Father, enlighten me with Your Holy Spirit for Christ's sake that in the bright mirror of the Law I may rightly see my manifold, great and grievous sins, and truly realise how terrible Your wrath is because of sin and how awfully You will punish all the impenitent for their transgressions. From the Gospel, however let me also learn to know Your kind fatherly heart, which through Christ is opened to me, so that with a broken spirit and a contrite heart, but nevertheless not despairing, on the contrary, firmly trusting in Your grace, I may come to Confession, where You will surely deal with me according to Your fatherly goodness, and will forgive me all my sins. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 9, 2022     3:07 pm