Encountering Christ in Reconciliation

06-25-2017Encountering ChristMichael Sarno

While we can encounter GOD at many different times in our lives, one memorable encounter for me was in the Sacrament of Reconciliation many years ago. I was in my last year of law school and had been recognizing GOD’s pull on my heart to go to Confession. At that point, I hadn’t been to Confession for over 10 years. It was a struggle for me to go because it had been so long, and I hadn’t been exactly living a life of virtue.

Though I didn’t realize it, GOD was gently and patiently leading me to that point through several different circumstances. While I resisted along the way, He kept pursuing me. After several months, I finally, through GOD’s grace, went toConfession. Because it had been so long, I didn’teven remember what to say and had to research itbefore going, which also led me to make a very thorough examination of my conscience. When entering the confessional, GOD simply didn’t say,“Good luck, I’ll see you when you’re done.” Rather,I felt His presence with me throughout the entireConfession. During my Confession, I was nervous,ashamed, and embarrassed. As a result, I spoke sosoftly that the priest patiently asked me to speak upseveral times because he couldn’t hear me. Even inmy doubt and embarrassment, the LORD gave methe strength to make an honest and complete Confession. to confession beautiful words ofabsolution from the priest, I felt like a weight waslifted off my shoulders. However, it was more thanjust a feeling. I had directly encountered GOD’sinfinite love and mercy for me at that moment. Though it is difficult to fully describe, it revived mywhole life and my inspiration to grow closer to GOD. I had peace and clarity again about my path in life. Isuddenly had more hope about my future and myrelationship with GOD, and that has continued to thisday, particularly during the times that I fall.

Wherever you are in your journey, ask GOD toopen your hearts to receive His mercy and love notjust through going to Confession, but in every aspectof your lives.

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