Why is Repentance such an integral part of our Catholic faith? Do we Catholics take it too lightly ”“ not understanding the great graces we receive from God when we repent? In this sacred season of Lent, let us truly open our heart to God.
In this spirit-filled homily – “TURN YOUR FOCUS TO JESUS ”“ REPENTANCE”, Rev. Fr. Michael Payyapilly V.C., Director — Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby NSW, Australia, explains that, “As long as you keep your eyes focussed on your sin, that sin is going to lead you into depression because that sin is not going to help you. If there is one person who can help you, it is JESUS. Turn your focus onto Jesus – we call it ”˜Repentance”™.”
Father shares, “How many times in our lives, just look back and think, how many times have you made mistakes and you have forced yourselves to come out of these mistakes? You have been trying to use your intellectual capabilities to plan your escape from your mistakes. Doesn”™t that lead you to greater sin?…All the Lord wants you to do Is to turn back to Him ”“ Repent and turn back to God!
“That is ALL God wants you to do -to repent! Turning back to God is very important. You repent and you will see the effects taking place not only in your life but in your families as well the moment you repent and change. We are all looking for other to change. The Lord says, “You change!”
“The Lord tells us today. ”˜You change ”“ you family will be saved. You repent and your family will be saved. The Word of God promises, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your family will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
“If today we do not find peace, joy or happiness being in the Presence of God, then definitely something is spoilt somewhere and it is sin! Sin has become the barrier. When we confess our sins, these barriers are taken away and the Love and Mercy of God will flow into our hearts. That is when we experience Peace and Joy in the Presence of God.”
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