Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Reading Souls

An e-letter from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Reading Souls

Throughout history there have been prophets who were given the grace to read souls. The Old Testament is full of examples, one of which is the scene when the prophet Nathan confronted King David for his adultery with Bathsheba and subsequent killing of her husband. This grace to read souls is always ordered to inviting the sinner to repent of sin. David wrote Psalm 51 in repentance for his sin.

Saints John Vianney and Padre Pio are modern day examples of this grace. They could tell you your sins when you knelt in their confessional! The effect was beautiful: people who were hard of heart and unrepentant, ended up converting and repenting. Yet, the absolution which these two saints offered is no different than the absolution one can receive from any Catholic Priest. You had to wait in line for days to make a confession to those two saints. Many priests sit alone for half an hour on Saturdays in the confessional. If we only knew the graces which are available things would be different ... In all of her modern day apparitions, the Blessed Virgin Mary has been encouraging us to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a month.

Pray for the grace of a well formed conscience and true contrition for your sins.

God bless,
Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
St. Joseph Friary
New York, NY


Anne said...

"The grace of a well formed conscience and contrition for sins."

That is wonderful Brian. This post is so meaningful for me. I love the title and pray that God is always able to read my soul and find it worthy of Him and if not, to lead me to a strong confessor who will help me to become more worthy of the Lord.

Thank you.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Great post and a good reminder that God is always there and ready to forgive - if only we ask Him.