Canada’s National Post newspaper came by the other day for some thoughts on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as Confession or the Sacrament of Penance. The “religion” reporter for the Post, Charles Lewis, wanted to know, from the grass roots level, how the celebration of the sacrament had changed. We talked at legnth about the move from more “devotional” confessions to more substantial personal reflections. The new focus on social sin which came out of the Vatican, through Bishop Girotti, OFM Conv., a brother Franciscan, was also part of the conversation. There is a greater awareness in the sacrament on social and environmental issues. As a Franciscan Church we tend to focus on the communal impact of sin, but also on the communal celebration of the sacrament. This is important for us. People need to experience the fact that they are not alone in their struggle. One of my key points is that this sacrament, like all of them, is an act of worship. It’s not about us, but rather about what God is doing in our lives. Mr. Lewis also spoke to various theologians and experts on the topic. You can read all about it in this Saturday (March 15,2008) edition of the National Post.
NOTE: I received a message today that the article may not run until Easter. Keep you… Posted!