Saturday of the First week of Advent
"At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity"
Saint [Padre] Pio de Pietrelcina (1887-1968), Capuchin
GF 171,169; Buona Giornata
"At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity. They were lying prostrate from exhaustion"
Hope in God's everlasting mercy supports us in the tumult of passions and the flood of annoyances; it is with this confidence that we hasten to the sacrament of penance where the Lord is always there, waiting for us as a Father of mercy. In front of him, of course, we are well aware of not deserving his forgiveness; but we may have no doubts as to his unlimited mercy. So let us forget our sins, as God has done with us, long time before us.
And we must not come back, in thought or in confession, to sins already confessed in previous confessions. Because of our sincere repentance, God has already forgiven us once and for all. To want to go back over sins already pardoned only to be once more absolved from these, or only because we doubt whether they have been really and fully forgiven, isn't this a lack of faith in God's goodness?
If this may comfort you, you may think over the offences you committed against God's justice, against his wisdom, his mercy, but just to shed tears of repentance and of love.