On Saturday we had our class watch a video from Bustedhalo.com on the importance of confession and what it really means. Since they are completing their second year of Confirmation and are receiving their Sacrament, it is important that they know and understand it. The one phrase from the video that stuck with me was “We’re all in this together…” I repeated it to myself over and over again. In the Catholic faith we believe there is one holy and apostolic church and one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Regardless of what church you go to or what part of the country you’re from, if you believe in Jesus Christ, the son of God, you are my brother or sister. We are one.
Well, what does that mean, We are one? If you hurt, I hurt. If something is troubling you, something is troubling me. If you are happy, I rejoice with you. I pray for you and you pray for me, when it is needed. Siblings always have each others back. We are one.
Some of the kids in the class haven’t been to confession in a bit so the following video is great if you have never gone to confession or have not been in quite some time. You might be rusty on how it should be done or you might feel hesitant to go, don’t be.
What is it and how to do it (even if its been a long time)? Part One:
Here is a great guide on how to go to confession.
What is it and how to do it (even if it’s been a long time), Part Two:
What do you do with the time between confessions? This question is answered again with … We’re all in this together. At church I have become close with many people, they have become my extended family. I use them to help guide me and keep my relationship with God in tact. I also call upon my close friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ who are not apart of my specific church, to pray for me to the Lord our God. They share their personal stories with me, which gives me insight into something I might be going through. They share their courage with me, their fears, their triumphs, and their testimonials. They help me avoid committing the sins that would make me have to go to confession.
That is huge! My family in Christ helps me avoid committing the sins that would make me have to go to confession. I didn’t have that support system all those years I spent away from the church…the longer I didn’t go the farther I got away from my path. It is an awful feeling to be lost in your choices, overwhelmed with crucial life decisions and I wish that on no one. It is the main reason why I love working with teenagers, because that was the time in my life that I severed my relationship with God. I know now, as an adult that my life would have been very different. Perhaps the same road, but my outlook on that road, on life in general would have been different.
It’s never too late to turn it all around. I am living proof of that! I know I scare some of the young girls in the class I teach when I get passionate on explaining how important it is to have and keep God in their hearts, no matter what is going on in their lives. I just hope that above everything they see just that, God makes a difference in our lives. We’re all in this together. It is comforting to have that support group to lean on! If you find yourself without a support system, know that it is not too late to find peace, strength and patience from the words of a stranger. We’re all in this together, I am here with you! If you need a prayer said you can leave it in the comments section or send it to me via email and I will get a prayer petition going for you!
Before I let you go on this gorgeous Sunday, here is one of today’s readings:
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