O V E R V I E
Saturday, September 12th, 2015 -- 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Under the Honourary Chaplaincy of Fr. Wm. Browne, S.J.
PENITENTIAL PILGRIMAGE for the CONTRITE in NEWFOUNDLAND
At the Grotto Shrine of Our Lady of Loudes
St. Michael's Church, Flatrock.
WHAT'S A ' PILGRIMAGE ' ?
A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place, undertaken for the purpose of worship, thanksgiving, petition or
WHY IS IT ' PENITENTIAL ' ?
Because being 'penitent' is an absolute requirement if we wish our sins to be forgiven, so that we might restore
('reconcile') our relationship with God, our Creator, our loving Father whom we have offended by our sins. And to
be 'penitent' requires the virtue of Humility ... the antidote to the cardinal sin of Pride.
That restoration or reconciliation requires a correct understanding of the relationship: He is the Creator, we
are the creatures (the word 'reconciliation' is, in some ways, unfortunate, because it may suggest a relationship
One pre-requisite for the forgiveness of our sins is that we should have a genuine sense of sorrow (contrition)
for those sins, a firm intention to amend our lives and avoid sin in the future ... and a willingness to do the
penance necessary, as a matter of Justice, to restore our relationship with God our Father. It is spiritually
healthy to cultivate such a sense of contrition ... it leads to a positive desire to DO penance, so that we can be
'reconciled' with the Father whom we have offended.