Saturday, March 2, 2013

Saturday, March 2, 2013: (Prodigal Son Parable)
Jesus said: “My people, you know that I will forgive anyone’s sins, if they come to Me in true repentance and seeking My forgiveness. It takes some spiritual fortitude to admit your sins, and be willing to confess them monthly in Confession. When you come to Confession, you do not see the long lines of former years. This is the problem with Catholics today, in that their faith has fallen asleep, and they are so lax that they are fortunate to come to Sunday Mass, let alone come to Confession. This cleansing process should be done often, even if you only have venial sins on your soul. Because of Adam’s sin, mankind is weak to sin, which is why you need the grace of a good Confession. By examining your conscience, you need to admit your failings in telling your sins to the priest. Do not be lazy, and do not keep putting off going to Confession. Pull yourselves up out of your spiritual sleep, and be awake again in My grace.”

(Anticipation Mass for Sunday) Jesus said: “My people, you have a time for a collection for the Catholic Relief Fund coming up. This is a missionary fund to help the poor all over the world and to help with disasters. It may be easier to give to local charities like your food shelves, but do not forget the intention for people overseas. You have many collections that you feel obligated to help, but this is only once a year. Giving alms to the poor should be one of your Lenten devotions, so you can share your wealth with those in need. The poor you will always have with you, but do not forget them because you can see Me in them. Be gracious in your donations, and you can share with charities all year long.”