Monday, June 17, 2013

The Apostles Creed - Part 11

Hello Everybody!  Peace be with you!  Again, I apologize for the hiatus due to a very busy June!  So, picking up where we last left off, we continue to reflect on the great gift of the sacraments.  We finished last time with confirmation and we begin this time with the sacrament of reconciliation:

In reconciliation, he restores this resurrection-life to you if you should weaken it or throw it away by personal sin. His mercy is always there for you. There is no need to fear the impending tribunal of love so long as you believe in his healing love and mercy and put all your trust in him. In marriage, he transforms the resurrection-life into something you live together with a spouse and children. In holy orders, he makes a man into a minister in the Church of these seven great gifts. And in the anointing of the sick, he comes to you when you are in a state of serious illness, seals you again with oil and prayer, and thereby heals you of sin and fortifies your resurrection-life in the midst of your illness and suffering. There are many other gifts in the Church. There is Scripture – the book by which God speaks to you even now. There is prayer – the loving conversation with God in friendship. There are works of love and mercy to carry out for others. And there are more – too many to mention here. All of these things serve to build up and strengthen the resurrection-life within you. These are the ways that Christ, by his mercy, heals you and prepares you for the glorious day of judgment.

May God bless you all!

Fr. Isaac Spinharney, CFR
St. Joseph Friary
Harlem, NY

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