Pope Francis took up the question that many of the faithful are wrestling with as they are under lockdown with churches closed: What about confession?
The Holy Father addressed this issue on March 20th during his homily at morning Mass.
I know that many of you go to confession before Easter… Many will say to me: ‘But Father…I can’t 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’s very clear. If you don’t find a priest to go to confession, speak to God. He’s 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.
Source: excerpted from Aleteia.org March 20, 2020 columnist - Kathleen N. Hattrup
O Mary, you shine continuously along
our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the
Sick, who at the Cross were near to the
pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman people, know
what we need, and we trust that you will
provide for those needs so that, as at Cana
of Galilee, joy and celebration may return
after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform
ourselves to the will of the Father and to do
what Jesus tells us, He who took our
sufferings upon Himself, and took up our
sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to
the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection,
0 Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our
pleas – we who are put to the test – and
deliver us from every danger, O glorious
and blessed Virgin.
you always brighten our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain
while remaining steadfast in faith.
O loving Mother,
you know what we need,
and we are confident you will provide for us
as at Cana in Galilee.
Intercede for us with your Son Jesus,
the Divine Physician,
for those who have fallen ill,
for those who are vulnerable,
and for those who have died.
Intercede also for those charged with
protecting the health and safety of others
and for those who are tending to the sick
and seeking a cure.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who took upon himself our
sufferings and carried our sorrows,
so as to lead us, through the Cross,
to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
Under thy protection we seek refuge,
O Holy Mother of God.
In our needs, despise not our petitions,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis