Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Last week I ended my Twitch with the following couple of paragraphs.

“I think if you went to (the sacrament) reconciliation regularly for the purpose of asking yourself, ‘Who has the Lord been trying to touch through me?’, you might be very happy with the experience. ‘Lord, let the grace of this sacrament help me see those people and those opportunities.’ ‘...and thank you for giving me this opportunity to ask myself that question in your presence.’ Aha! True Reconciliation.

Maybe that can help us stop thinking of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a giant dumpster; the Republic or Waste Management Sin Bin.

Reconciliation is one of those moments of encounter that the Catholic Catechism calls, ‘the master-works of God.’ (CC # 1116) I don't know where the authors got that phrase, but it's really great. Sacraments are about Christ reaching out through his Body, the church, (us!) and bringing us into the mystery that is God-made-man. The Father reaches out through the power of the Holy Spirit in each of these ‘masterworks’ of God's presence.

Reconciliation isn't a whip the Lord gives us for beating ourselves up. It is a hand offered in love and friendship. Take that hand.”

After a week I think the words still read pretty well. I have to chuckle to myself thinking about the possibility that you actually might all show up at the same time. Wouldn’t that be an amazing traffic jam! Alas, it probably won’t happen.

However, I live in HOPE. So, this Tuesday night, the 18th, we have some visiting priests coming to help us. We will celebrate Reconciliation at 6:30 p.m. and I promise you it will not be an all night event.

One of the things that will help us is for you to follow the directions of an old priest I knew many years ago. He said, BE CLEAR, BE BRIEF, BE GONE.

It’s not bad advice. In other words, do your examination of conscience NOW, maybe write down a few notes, a FEW notes, to help you.

As I also remarked last week, for me personally, the more difficult thing to consider is what I haven’t done. You probably can get a little nut-so about that because there is always something else you can do.

Don’t go there. Rather, maybe pick one person you didn’t say the kind thing to when you could of and let that stand for so many of the unspoken – however well-intended – words you didn’t speak.

Again, it’s not the sin bin. It’s the refresher moment when you can smile to yourself and say, “Oh yes, I can do that, and I will.”

If you are not able to come for the Tuesday evening celebration, I will also make the sacrament available on

  • Monday morning (17th) after 8:00 Mass
  • Tuesday morning (18th) after 8:00 Mass
  • Saturday morning (22nd) at 10:00 a.m.
  • Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. as usual
  • And if those times don’t work call for an appointment in the office.

Here’s hoping I see you, or hear you, whatever. Give yourself an early gift.

With my hopes and prayers for an ever-brightening Advent, and with special thanks to all the decorators who are making the place “jolly and bright,”

I’m yours
In Jesus,
sign frjim

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