Canada’s National Post interviewed me for an article on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Wow.. I didn’t expect that kind of coverage! I went out to the local drug store to buy a copy… ok a few copies… and it really was kind of weird. The focus of my interview with the Post’s Charles Lewis, was that the decline in the number of confessions was not necessarily a bad thing. In fact it’s partly a sign of our success in helping people move from an image of God as a vengeful accountant who keeps track of every deed to find some reason to “get us” to an image of God as a loving father who loves us deeply.
Unfortunately my reflection on the importance of the sacrament and the value of having a human experience of God’s mercy wasn’t present. However, the sense of my thought was presented by some of the others the Mr. Lewis interviewed.
There’s the awareness that the sacrament is not about what we do for God but rather a celebration of God’s mercy. Reconciliation is an act of worship of God. We also talked about the importance of that personal contact. We hear from so many voices in our lives that tell us how we don’t measure up. It’s also important to hear from a living, breathing person, how much we are loved by God who forgives us and loves us no matter what. The communal aspect of the sacrament was also another point I highlighted. The sacrament is not only a personal matter, but one for the Church as a whole. We are in this together, and it’s important to celebrate that aspect of Reconciliation by having real communal celebrations.
All in all, I am pretty happy with the core message. God loves us and as the headlines says… “It’s ok to confess again!”