On 19th February 2014, Pope Francis famously said to pilgrims:
“Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests – Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession, someone can say, ‘I confess my sins only to God.’ Yes, you can say to God, ‘forgive me,’ and say your sins. But our sins are also against our brothers, against the Church. This is is why it is necessary to ask forgiveness of the Church and of our brothers, in the person of the priest.”
A simple reminder from Pope Francis of the necessity of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) in the Christian Life. Sin has social consequences, they are never private between God and self; our relationships become wounded with the person we may have sinned against, and with our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ (the Church). We are one Body and when one part suffers, we all suffer. But more importantly, we need each other to support one another in our struggles, and confessing to the priest should be a healing experience.
During the Season of Lent, the Cardiff Deanery will be offering extra opportunities for Confession. Do not be afraid, have courage and receive the Sacrament of God’s Mercy in the Year of Mercy. If it has been a long time since you last made Confession, the priests can help guide you through. Remember … even priests go to Confession, so they know how you feel!
Click here to find out where you can find extra Confession times in and around Cardiff.