By Faith Formation Director Marti Burkard
Blessings to you and your families as we begin this Advent Season. This holiday time can be so frenzied with shopping, decorating, baking, card writing, etc. that we lose sight of what our focus should be. Fortunately, our faith is richer and fuller than that. Our entire liturgical year, in fact, is arranged by seasons - and each holy season consists of days and weeks of reflection, repentance, prayer, praise, celebration, and gratitude.
As we begin this season of Advent here at Holy Cross I would like to reflect for a minute on "repentance" as we will be celebrating our Parish Advent Reconciliation Services tomorrow, December 1 at 1:00 and 7:00pm.
One of the greatest lessons we can teach our children is to "Be angry, but do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your anger." (Ephesians 4:26). That scripture challenges us to forgive and to not let anger grow in us. We destroy ourselves if we live in anger and sin. We need to teach our children to learn to forgive, and then to forget...not letting a day go by before we make amends, ask forgiveness or apologize. Our human tendency is to stay angry and feel righteous about it. But the scriptures say that even though you may have been wronged, you need to let go, forgive and move on.
I've created a penance outline for your reference. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to experience God's compassion and forgiveness during this Advent season.
Related link: Penance Outline
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