Once a month, in the chapel of Queen of Peace, something extraordinary happens. You can feel it. You can smell it. You let yourself be overwhelmed by it. You let God’s peace invade your heart, and you rest in his peace, ten minutes, twenty, one hour. And it’s not just one person. A group of 40 or 50. Residents, sisters, neighbors, young, old, pray. To be open to the will of God in their lives. And plead with the Lord of the harvest, to send laborers into the vineyard.
This time, Deacon Chris Barber from St. Clare’s Parish presided at our Holy Hour. He interspersed the silence with beautiful spontaneous prayers as the Spirit guided him. Then, Fr. Frederick Miller, an old friend of the Little Sisters, reminded us of the importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, connecting this sacrament with the dearth of vocations. “If we want vocations,” he said, “we need to go to confession.”
This beautiful sacrament of healing, has the power to resurrect. It brings the spiritually dead back to life, and fills us with supernatural life that enables us to love as God loves. It makes us perfect in love. Every sincere confession is a re-presentation of the Passion of Christ. He died in place of us so we can participate in his resurrection, and in the life of the Trinity.
Join us every fourth Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
For further information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Pope Francis’ Catechesis on the Sacrament of Reconciliation of February 19:
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
From the US Bishops website:
From American Catholic:
April 14, 2014 is Reconciliation Monday. All parishes in the New York metro area will have extended times for Confessions. Contact your local parish for times.