This Lent, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha, especially those who have been away from the Church or the sacrament, are invited to experience God’s mercy and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Omaha will be open on Thursday evenings (February 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17) during Lent from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for Confession and quiet prayer. To help you get started, you will find information here on how to go to Confession, frequently-asked questions, preparation guides and more.
It was on Easter Sunday evening that Jesus appeared to his Apostles, gathered together in the Upper Room, where they had eaten the Last Supper. As they shrank back in a mixture of fear and dawning hope at his appearance, Jesus spoke to them reassuringly.
“Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.'” (Jn 20:19-23)
Jesus now entrusts the power to forgive sins to his priests. It is the power which every priest exercises when he raises his hand over the contrite sinner and says, “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” These are called “the words of absolution.”
All the benefits of the sacrament of Reconciliation—restoration or increase of sanctifying grace, forgiveness of sins, remission of punishment, restoration of merit, grace to conquer temptation—all these are possible only because of the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, which the sacrament of Reconciliation applies to our souls.
Jesus on the cross already has opened the font of divine mercy for us. This Lent, in the sacrament of Reconciliation, give God a chance to share with you the infinite mercy and forgiveness of his Son. The light is on.