||October 26, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 18 • Oakland, CA|
Examine your life, confess and get on the right track
My mother passed away 12 years ago, God rest her soul. She lived to see two of her sons ordained priests, and her other son married — who gave her three grandchildren. My mom was the best mother you could ever wish for. But she smoked a pack of cigarettes every day since she was 16. She passed at the age of 75.
If we enter into a relationship of friendship with Christ, it makes it all the easier to follow his commandments. That is the goal of the Diocese of Oakland's evangelizing efforts: to make a place where people can experience Christ.
Once you realize how much Christ loves you and wants you, it makes it all the easier to follow his commandments. "Love and truth walk in your presence Lord."
As harmful as smoking is, I have not read anywhere where it is a mortal sin. Yet how many who would never touch a cigarette can casually engage in behavior which Christ, St. Paul, and the consistent teaching of the Church have warned is sinful.
This upcoming Holy Year of Mercy is a great time to examine our course in life, and if we find we've taken a wrong fork in the road ... go to Confession ... and get back on the right track.
"There is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who has repented, than over 99 righteous who have no need of repentance."
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