St. Paul writes to his friend Timothy and offers some sobering words of introspection. He admits to once being a “blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant” Like Paul, we all must take the time to examine our lives and our consciences. This is the necessary first step when we are preparing to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. In order to get the help we need to solve a problem we must begin by admitting we have a problem. Paul goes on to say, “the grace of our Lord has been abundant…and I was mercifully treated” The same grace is available to us especially through the sacraments of the Church. Yes, we are sinners, but that’s not all we are. We are sons and daughters of God. We are beautiful creations, and with God’s grace, we can embrace the path of holiness and leave our sinful past behind.
“There will be great joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.” This is Good News indeed!