Thursday, July 31, 2014

The grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Finally, I got the chance of receiving the grace of the sacrament of reconciliation when i went to Baclaran Church at this day, July 30, 2014.  After a year or so of having not confessing my sins to a priest I courageously accepted my faults and my sins and reconciled all of my sins to God.  It was a feeling of hope, joy, and a chance to be holy.  It's like a ton of heavy load was removed from my heart. That's how heavy it was when i was carrying all that burden of sins for the past years.

I realized at this point of my life wherein it is a chance being given to me by God to be holy as he was holy. I repent all of my sins and made a promise to God not to be in a state of sin anymore.  It was a new beginning for me to spread his kingdom into this chaotic world.  How I wish all people will repent and not do all of the wrong doings, how peaceful would this place be.

The priest reminded me that Jesus is always with me every step of the way.  It entered into my mind that if i commit sin I drive Jesus out of my life.  As a devout catholic, how ashamed it would be if i kept on sinning when Jesus is beside me.  I love to serve in my community but if I'm always thinking bad thoughts against my neighbors, friends, family members, is this the way serve the Lord. It's like always "showing off" to my community that I'm a straight person because I am serving the church.  It's a big MISTAKE! I said to myself that if I want to serve the Lord it must be whole. Meaning a positive change must be felt by Soul,Body,Spirit. The only one that could clean me and heal me is Jesus Christ.  


Lord I thank you for the gift of Reconciliation you have given me. As you made me clean today, make me a better person, and give me courage in resisting my "comfort zones" and temptations. Teach me to value all the people around me specially my loved ones.  As I received your blessing may they also receive your blessings. Lord continue to be with me every step of the way that i may not fall because of sins.  I believe Lord that you are enough for me and I know you will provide all of my needs in this world.  I surrender all my hurt and lackings in this world  and may the Love you shared to me, May I willingly share to all the people i have come in contact with  in my daily activities.  I ask this in the Loving and Mighty name of Jesus Christ, through the Intercession of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mary mother of God and mother of the Church, AMEN.

Act of Contrition
            O my God, I am heartily sorry for
            having offended you, and I detest
            all my sins, because of Your just
            punishments, but most of all because
            they offend You, my God, who are
            all-good and deserving of all my love.
            I firmly resolve, with the help of
            Your grace, to sin no more and to
            avoid the near occasion of sin.

   Act of Contrition (modern)
            My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
                  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
                  I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
                  I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more,
                  and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
                  Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
                  In His name, my God, have mercy.

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