Pope Francis said that confession is an encounter with Jesus, whose "mercy motivates us to do better...God is happy when he gives us his mercy."
"The Light is On For You" campaign was created by the Archdiocese of Washington and has since been implemented by dioceses throughout the United States. The Diocese of Syracuse is proud to join in this effort. The diocese generally offers extended hours for confession on one evening during Advent and Lent.
By participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, whether our first time in days, weeks, months or years, we are experiencing God’s individual and unwavering love for us, and one of the true graces made available to us by our Catholic faith. God loves us just the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way.
We're all familiar with the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Jesus tells us that there was a man who had two sons, one who went away from him for a time and then returned, feeling as though he was unworthy of his father's love:
"Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son." But his father wasn't angry. He said to his servants, "This son of mine was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found!"
When we return to the Church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus rejoices like the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. It is never "too late" to return to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Imagine how joyful you will feel upon confessing your sins, big or small!
Faithful are also encouraged to attend confession regularly during the Year of Mercy.
Check your parish for their ongoing confession schedule.
- How to Make a Good Confession by Syracuse Catholic Television
- How to Make a Good Confession During the Year of Mercy (graphic)
- Fr. Jason Hage - The Light is On For You! by Syracuse Catholic Television
- Guide to Making a Good Confession during Advent
- Pope Francis: Don't be afraid or ashamed to go to confession (via CNS)
- Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible
- Let yourselves be consoled during Advent, says Pope Francis (via CNA)
- Examinations of Conscience (USCCB)