St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Dear Friends, One of my favorite Christmas songs is O Holy Night. In particular, I really like the first verse, which reads: “Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” I think this is also why I have such a deep appreciation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Because sin and error really messes us up. Left unchecked, it ruins everything.   Sin damages our relationship with others and sometimes even ruins them. Sin damages our relationship with God, and mortal sin, in fact, destroys that relationship. Our sins and the sins of others are at the root of all of the chaos and drama we experience in this world and to tell the truth, we are pining for relief. Then, God appears. He sends His Son into the world precisely to give us the relief that we’ve been longing for. To save us from our sins! In Jesus, we see that there’s nothing God wouldn’t do to set us free from the sins that tie us down, hold us back, and…

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