Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
St. Augustine wrote that to prevent the sheep from seeking help by its cries, the wolf seizes the sheep by the neck, and thus securely carries it away and devours it.
In the Bible, Jesus compares the devil to a wolf that kills the sheep of the flock. The devil acts in a similar way with the flock of Jesus Christ. After having seduced them to sin, he seizes them by the throat, that they may not confess their guilt and thus securely brings them to hell. For those who have sinned grievously there is no means of salvation but the confession of their sins.
However, the Lord wants us to cry out to Him for forgiveness. The Lord wants us to repent of our sins and be saved. The devil, on the other hand, wants to silence us from calling out for the forgiveness which can save us. The devil, like the wolf, grabs us by the throat to keep us silent. He makes us reluctant to go to Confession and seek God’s merciful love. This Father of Lies tells us lies in order to silence us: lies that our sins are too great to be forgiven, or lies that our sins are not so bad; or lies that we have plenty of time and there is no hurry to go to Confession.
Sin turns us from God. Confession of sin turns us back to God. Please, let us not allow the devil to grab us by the throat and silence us. We are in need of calling out to God in repentance and of receiving the new life God offers us. Along with this letter is the list of those parishes in which the pastor has chosen to participate in The Light is on for You this Lent. I pray you will take advantage of this opportunity.
Allow me to close with a quote from a sermon given by Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos calling people to Confession: “Yes, my beloved people, God is merciful….if you sincerely repent and amend your life; if you forsake forever all those evil ways in order to follow Christ in self-denial and penance; if you really prepare for the life to come, rejoice, for here I present you the balm for all your wounds—the infinite mercy of God.”
Sincerely in the Lord,
Most Reverend Thomas J. Rodi
Archbishop of Mobile
Archdiocese of Mobile 2019
Lenten Confession Days, Times, Places
The five middle Wednesdays of Lent
(March 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10) 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.
Auburn / Opelika
St. Michael Parish in conjunction with St. Mary Parish, Opelika
Confessions heard at 1100 N. College Street, 334-887-5540
St. Columba Parish, 2700 West Main Street, 334-793-5802
St. John the Baptist Parish, 12450 Highway 188, 251-865-6902
St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 2605 Springhill Avenue, 251-473-1415
Holy Spirit Parish, 8570 Vaughn Road, 334-277-5631
St. Bede the Venerable, 3870 Atlanta Highway, 334-272-3463
Confessions at Alternate Times:
Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 2 S. Claiborne Street, 251-434-1565
Confessions weekdays 11:40 a.m. – 12 noon, prior to 12:10 p.m. daily Mass
Confessions on Saturdays, 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., prior to 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass
Sacred Heart of Jesus, 6051 Old Shell Road, 251-343-3662
Confessions on Wednesdays from 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
St. Joseph, 511 North Memorial Drive, 334-365-8680
Confessions on Wednesdays 5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.