We had something pretty exciting happen here this week! My oldest daughter made her first reconciliation! (For my non-Catholic friends, she went to confession for the first time.)
Confession, or Reconciliation, is one of the more misunderstood Sacraments of the Catholic Church. People question the validity of confessing one’s sins to a man and then having that man “forgive” you. But that’s where we make the mistake. As one of the the little ones said,
“Confession is when you tell a priest where you messed up and GOD forgives you.”
As Christians, we know that once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are forgiven of our sins. However, we still routinely fall short… it’s just human nature. Have you ever had a secret that was just EATING you from the inside? Have you ever just screwed up and have wanted to tell someone? Have you ever just wanted to get something off of your chest but are afraid of being judged?
That’s where confession comes in.
Confession is considered a Sacrament of Healing. Just like a doctor can help heal your physical body, confession heals your soul. In confession, I confess those my sins and then I hear “You are forgiven.” I need to hear those words, “You are forgiven.” Of course, one can confess one’s sins directly to God, but if a priest is available than one should confess their sins to him because Christ so ordained it and the Church he founded has been hearing confessions for 2000 years.
James 5: 14-16: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
As Catholics, we are taught that venial sins are forgiven in the Mass (which is why daily Mass attendance is a good idea) and that mortal (soul-killing) sins are forgiven in confession. Mortal Sins are sins that we willfully commit, knowing that they will separate us from God. (That is another common question: if once you accept Christ in to your life, can you ever be separated, and that’s for another time.)
Spaghetti Squash Casserole
(serves 4-6, takes about 75 min to make)
One good sized Spaghetti Squash
chopped Fresh Basil
1 can diced tomatoes with olive oil and garlic OR 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce
1 cup Mozzerella Cheese, divided
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced Zucchini
1 diced Green Bell Pepper
Salt, Pepper, Oregano
1. Cut Spaghetti Squash lengthwise and place on baking sheet. Scoop out seeds and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes until soft.
2. Once squash is done, take a fork and separate the flesh of the squash into “spaghetti strands” by raking with a fork.
3. Place the strands in a bowl and add basil tomatoes, onion, zucchini, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese and salt,pepper and oregano to taste. Mix well.
4. Dump it all into a covered casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400 until all warm, bubbly and melty.
Be sure to head over to Chris’ place and check out the other great Lenten recipes! There’s even one for Fish Fingers and Custard!!!
until next time!