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Preparing for Christmas With Confession

By December 13, 2013

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Christmas is just 12 days away, and this weekend (on Gaudete Sunday) we'll pass the halfway point of Advent.Pews and confessionals in the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota. (Photo © Scott P. Richert) With all the hustle and bustle of the season, we may not feel like we've had much time to prepare ourselves spiritually for Christmas.

One very good way to slow down and take stock of our spiritual life is to set aside time to take advantage of the Sacrament of Confession. It's a good idea to go to Confession frequently--once per month is a good goal--but we often let this sacrament slide.

We shouldn't. Even if we're not aware of serious sin, the Sacrament of Confession can strengthen us to grow in our spiritual life. The grace of the sacrament helps us to avoid even venial sins, and frequent examination of our failings helps us to resolve to do better in the future.

While most parishes offer Confession every Saturday, many also have special expanded hours during seasons such as Lent and Advent. So if your schedule does not normally allow you to make it to Confession, check your bulletin. Going into Christmas with a grace-filled soul only increases the joy of the holiday!

(Pews and confessionals in the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Photo © Scott P. Richert)

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Comments
December 12, 2010 at 8:02 am
(1) Haubert says:

It’s so sad to observe that the world has emptied this so big and unique event of its real meaning. Millions have died waiting for the coming of the only son of God, but us who have witnessed his coming don’t appreciate. Christmas is now simply an opportunity for people to sin even more than before and abuse themselves in alcohol and all kinds of evil practices. Let us go to our knees and do as Pope John Paul II said: ” pray for the Almighty to renew our heart so that we can better understand and value His Big Love for us in the Little Child of bethleem” It’s time. The world is really dying by pushing away the Author of life.

December 10, 2011 at 9:27 am
(2) Kirt Higdon says:

Many diocese also have large scale Penance services with many priests brought in from different parishes to hear confessions. In my diocese, usually every parish will have two of these, one during the day and one in the evening and parishes will schedule on different days to afford maximum opportunity for penitents. Number of priests available at a given service range from eight on up.

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