Monday, January 18, 2016

"Confession is the Soul's Bath"

"Confession is the soul's bath. Even a clean and unoccupied room gathers dust; return after a week and you will see that it needs dusting again!" St. Pio of Pietrelcina
This photo was taken just before we began one of Our Children's Rosary meetings.  The picture was taken by a child of a child in Confession.  There is something very special about this picture. Maybe it is the light streaming in through the stained glass window upon the child that so beautifully represents the cleansing of the soul.  There is also something wonderful in the way the light hits the screen completely obscuring the identity of the priest. In this way, one can envision Our Lord listening with a bent ear to each detail.

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we are told that when the priest "celebrates the sacrament of Penance, the priest is fulfilling the ministry of the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost sheep, of the Good Samaritan who binds up wounds, of the Father who awaits the prodigal son and welcomes him on his return, and of the just and impartial judge whose judgement is both just and merciful.  The priest is the sign and the instrument of God's merciful love for the sinner." (Catechism #1466)

In this Year of Mercy, there is a renewed call to come to the Sacrament of Mercy, and to come often. St. Padre Pio so beautiful illustrates how a soul, like our homes, needs frequent cleaning.

Other posts you may enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary
Nothing is Impossible with God
"Take Up and Read"

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