Bishops’ Pastoral Letters

10/03/2014 12:00 pm

Several bishops have recently issued Pastoral Letters for Lent to encourage people to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff

 “Spiritual poverty is part of the reality which our society faces too. The need to forgive and be forgiven lies at the heart not just of the spiritual life but of the whole of human life. Forgiveness is something we all need… Confession is one of the gifts of love and healing that is offered by the Church. Through it God’s forgiveness and mercy are celebrated when we turn to him and present our brokenness, shortfalls and failings. No one is perfect and we all need the Sacrament of Reconciliation to strengthen and renew us. This Lent make this the gift you seek for yourself. The Light of Christ is waiting to heal and enliven your heart once again. The Sacrament of Reconciliation gives this assurance of forgiveness. It reminds us, in the words of Pope Francis ‘...that God never tires of forgiving us, and through the ministry of a priest offers us an embrace that regenerates us and allows us to continue on our journey.’”

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Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury

 “’Do not be afraid of Confession!’ Pope Francis says in his simple and direct teaching. ‘When one is in line for Confession,’ he reflects, we feel those things which weigh on our hearts; ‘but when one finishes Confession one leaves free, grand, beautiful, forgiven, candid, happy. This is the beauty of Confession!’ This is the Sacrament which Christ gives us for our salvation; for the forgiveness of sins after Baptism; and to enable you and me to reach the holiness, the perfection of charity which is the goal of our Christian lives (Lumen Gentium 40). So, what is it that holds us back from this Sacrament? I think I know from personal experience what can hold us back. Confession is the moment when I have to put aside all illusions about myself and about the state of my Christian life and be ready to say ‘Father, these are my sins.’ It would be so much easier to say: these are someone else’s sins and faults! But, no; this is where I have gone wrong!”
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Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton

"You don’t have to remember any formula of words, or how many times you have done something wrong. The priest will help you. The pope reminds us that the priest himself, bishops and even the pope himself need to celebrate this sacrament. So if you haven’t ‘been to confession’ for some time and want to discover it again, this Lent might be a good time to do it. There are even a couple of smart-phone ‘apps’ that you can look at; one is called simply ‘Confession’, I think, and the other is Mea culpa. They don’t allow you to confess over the phone – the pope says it has to be person-to-person - but they might help if you have that technology."

Full text can be found at the right hand corner of this page.


Pastoral Letter: Archbishop Stack on Lent

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Pastoral Letter for Lent 2014 issued by the Archbishop of Cardiff, George Stack.


Pastoral Letter: Bishop Davies Do not be afraid of Confession

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Pastoral Letter for Lent 2014 issued by the Bishop of Shrewsbury, Mark Davies.


Pastoral Letter: Bishop Conry on Lent

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Pastoral Letter for Lent 2014 issued by the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Kieran Conry.