As the season of Lent is now hours away, I wish to share a statement prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We see a great beauty in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and wish to invite a greater reception of this Sacrament by our people.
Lent is a time for conversion. Lent is a time for going deeper in our relationship with Christ. As Sunday’s readings revealed, when we have these profoundly personal encounters with God (Isaiah 6) and with Jesus (Luke 5:1-11), we have an experience of being intimately known. This encounter and experience of being fully know and infinitely loved compels us to seek forgiveness of our sins that nothing may interfere with the relationship of love God calls each of us to share with him through Jesus Christ.
Here is the statement from the USCCB: