In these unusual times when we can’t attend Holy Mass on Sundays, or even go to church for private prayer, what are we to do?
We need to live our Faith in a different way. We can create a place in our homes where we and members of the family can go to pray alone and together. Remember that although the church building is closed, the Church continues in each of us.
The Holy Father has also spoken about the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) in these difficult times.
“I know that many of you go to confession before Easter … many will say to me: ‘But Father … I cannot leave the house and I want to make my peace with the Lord. I want Him to embrace me … How can I do that unless I find a priest?’ Do what the catechism says. It is very clear. If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He is your Father. Tell Him the truth: ‘Lord, I did this and this and this. Pardon me.’ Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, ‘afterward I will go to confession.’ You will return to God’s grace immediately. You yourself can draw near, as the catechism teaches us, to God’s forgiveness, without having a priest at hand.”