An Archbishop calls men to Adoration and Confession
I recently was looking through some archives and came across these thoughts from Archbishop John Nienstedt which His Excellency offered to a group of 1000+ men several years ago.
Click here for the full text of His Excellency’s address.
His Excellency calls all men to come to Christ in Adoration:
Besides attending Sunday Mass and weekday Mass, when you are able, I encourage you to spend time before our Lord in Adoration. I am grateful to those men who make a commitment for taking the time from their busy schedules to keep watch for an hour before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Many of the parishes in our Archdiocese offer perpetual adoration. Sign up for an hour, even if it is only once a week. Commit yourself to that time. I assure you, you will not regret it. By spending time with the Master in silent adoration, we slowly begin to learn the lessons of His life, a life of service and silent listening to the voice of the Father.
His Excellency also calls men to more frequent participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Having taught a course on the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation in the seminary for thirteen years, I am a firm believer in the power of that sacrament. Here one learns that indeed love means having to say you are sorry as the harmful deeds of our lives are acknowledged in true sorrow, verbally exposed before Christ the divine healer and then absolved by his mercy, restoring us to the full life of grace. Confession is a kind of school—if you will—a house of mercy, a place in which we learn how to forgive just as we are forgiven. Let me be clear and direct – no matter how long it has been since your last confession, I urge you to return to this sacrament, so that you may receive the rich blessings of the fullness of the Christian life. Contrary to some widespread error, the auricular confession of sins to a priest has never gone out of style or been reconsidered by the Church – it has remained a critical instrument within the Church by which Christ continues to reach out to his fallen people who long to rise upagain. My friends, make this great sacrament a regular part of your life of faith.
Men of Christ! Draw other men into an encounter with Jesus Christ in Adoration and Confession. Work with your priests to schedule times for fathers and sons to gather together.
One way to do this is to hold a CatholicManNight. Start one in your parish; it’s proven (75+ events and counting) and free…and it works every single time it’s tried….why? Because it’s all about Jesus Christ!
Arise O men of God!