God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, and Jesus loved us so much that he suffered and died on the cross for us. Jesus invites us to love him in return but we so often show him by our sins that we love him too little. In this meditation we consider how:
We cannot avoid all sins – even the saints in heaven committed them – but we can try harder to avoid sinning.
God expects more from us than from many others.
We should strive especially to avoid committing mortal sins and deliberate venial sins.
We should identify the occasions of our sins and strive to avoid them.
We should foster true contrition for our sins.
We should do penance to make up at least in part for our sins and to strengthen our will to resist future temptations.
We should strive to go regularly to the sacrament of penance, knowing that there God always pours out his mercy on us.
One of the most beloved parables is that of the Prodigal Son, who leaves his father’s home for a life of sin, then repents and returns to a warm embrace and a big celebration. Jesus gives us the parable to tell us that if we are sorry for our sins, God our merciful Father will always forgive us, no matter what we have done. In this meditation we consider:
One of the great treasures of the Church, one which at the same time is sadly little used, is the sacrament of Penance, given to the Church by Christ on the very evening of his Resurrection. In this meditation we consider:
The mercy of God as seen in the parable of the Prodigal Son
Christ’s institution of the sacrament on Easter Sunday
Why the sacrament of Penance responds to deep seated human needs
Now that we are in Advent, we want to prepare well for Christmas. A good way to do this is by the hand of Our Lady. After all, she too prepared for the birth of Christ. In this meditation we consider nine lessons Our Lady gives us about how to prepare for this great feast:
St John begins his description of the Last Supper and the Passion of Christ saying, “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” In this meditation we consider Christ’s love for us, shown by his institution of the Eucharist and the sacrament of Penance, and especially by his suffering and death on the Cross.
Lent for some is a season of sombre self-denial to which they do not look forward. In this meditation we consider how Lent can be a time of real renewal and spiritual joy, looking at various ways we can live the three aspects of prayer, fasting and almsgiving so as to derive the maximum benefit from this fruitful time.
After some time without posting anything new – life has been a bit busy! – I am finally able to post another meditation, on one of the most neglected treasures of the Church: the sacrament of Penance, or the sacrament of mercy. It has been recorded especially for people who will listen to it in their homes, or their car or some other means of transport. Just click on the link.