March Reflection – Sacrament of reconciliation

Mar 1, 2021 | Guest Author

Reconciliation has cleansed me dozens of times, but it has resurrected a significant relationship:  the one with my father.

In 2011, I knew that I needed to reconcile with my dad – and ultimately with God — for being a distant son.  Perhaps my desire was to reconnect with my father after my parents’ divorce in 1995.  Perhaps my desire was to yearn for a father-son relationship as I recently had a child of my own.  Or perhaps my desire was to resolve that nagging feeling in my soul that I, too, had done something wrong.  Whatever the reason, I was asking God for a “fresh start” after years of pain.

I carried decades of frustration, sadness, and burden with me.  Sharing a story that desperately needed to be told, I exposed my guilt to my parish priest.  I found a safe place in the confessional to share critical details; in fact, during our discussion, we discovered a solution as to how to best proceed.  Years of turmoil were transformed into a new beginning for our relationship.  What began as an intimidating process ultimately developed into a lifetime of blessings.

Eventually, my dad and I reconciled.  Instead of being limited by a deathbed conversation, we could process the past, and more importantly, our future.  He now is a vital part of my life.  I am proud to include him as a member of my family.  My three children relish his company.  I cannot wait to visit with him.  Importantly, there is hope.

The sacrament of reconciliation has ignited a new relationship with my father.  This spiritual healing happened because I involved God at the foundation.  I can freely say that I now love my dad.  This year we honour St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus. Not all of us had a good relationship with our own fathers. This year, let us pray to God the Father for reconciliation in families.

  • John Kindschuh
    Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (United States)


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