Bishop Mark Davies on how we can all open a door that leads to reconciliation

07/12/2015 10:03 am

Holy Doors will be open in every diocese in England and Wales for the 'Year of Mercy' but in today's Advent reflection, Bishop Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, reminds us that we all have access to a door of mercy.

The door to the Confessional - there's one in every parish - gives Catholics the opportunity to experience God's forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Bishop Davies encourages us to discover anew the loving mercy of God during this Jubilee year:

"We recognise that opening this door, we are called higher than our sins and defects. In going to Confession more frequently, we see more clearly all we are called to be. We are called to holiness.

"Pope Francis reminds us that in this sacrament we meet Jesus ready to embrace us in all of our need with his grace and mercy.

"Pope Francis asks people: 'How long is it since you went to Confession? A week? A month? A year? Longer? Don't delay a single day if it has been a long time'.

"Opening this door we will find the peace and the joy that Christmas promises."

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The Year of Mercy, given to us by Pope Francis, presents the ideal opportunity to focus on God's mercy and forgiveness.

To mark this, many of the Bishops of England and Wales have recorded special reflections for Advent. One podcast reflection will be uploaded every day throughout the season.


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