The Friday Five: From My Side of the Confessional, A Diocesan Perspective

This is the final post in a series of testimonies about our Lenten confession campaign, The Light Is ON.

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

Today we mark the 2nd anniversary of Pope Francis’ election to the papacy. If I could summarize his communication in one word, it would be “mercy.” He’s asked us to extend mercy to others and shown us what that looks like. He’s invited us to seek God’s mercy for ourselves by asking for His forgiveness. In fact, Pope Francis just declared a Holy Year of Mercy and confirmed a penitential celebration at St. Peter’s Basilica today and tomorrow entitled 24 Hours for the Lord, for which the theme is “God Rich in Mercy (Eph. 2:4).” Mercy’s on his radar.

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But mercy is not cheap grace. It means we first understand the principles of justice — what one is owed — and humility — the knowledge of our littleness in front of God.

This Friday, I’ll wrap up the week with a look at The Light is ON campaign in which our priests and those in the Archdiocese of Washington are available each Wednesday evening to offer you God’s mercy and forgiveness.

1. There’s still time to sign up for daily reflections during the remainder of Lent that come right to your mobile device or inbox. Each Wednesday, we feature a quotation from Pope Francis on the Sacrament of Confession. Text 84576 to sign up!

“God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.” —Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

2. Watch the EWTN News Nightly story which explored how our new media resources put the invitation to come back to the sacrament “on the digital margins,” where Pope Francis has summoned us to go:

3. Follow Bishop Loverde on Twitter and receive his Lenten reflections on your feed. You can also listen to his audio reflections on our website or on the “Drive at Five” on WTOP.

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4. Explore the digital conversation going on about Lent across our social media accounts. More importantly, take a risk and have a conversation with a friend or family member about your experience in Confession and invite them to join you on a Wednesday evening in the next few weeks.

#TheLightIsON throughout the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington this Lent!

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The First Week of #Lent2015 in Review

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The Second Week of #Lent2015 in Review

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5. I’ll close with a quote from our Shepherd, who has invited us all to “come back home”:

Sin dims, dulls, darkens, and distorts the beautiful image God intends us to be. Confession restores your beauty. —Bishop Loverde

May you have a blessed weekend in which you encounter Christ, Our Light!

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