11th Flatrock Penitential Pilgrimage 2013

 

This 11th pilgrimage dedicated to the persecuted Christians in the Middle East

 


O V E R V I E W

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 at

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 penance.

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 between equals).

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.

 

 

 

 

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