God's mercy endures forever - Catholic Courier

God’s mercy endures forever

I have a confession to make. I haven’t been to confession in over 10 years. That was the case, at least, until the diocesanwide Day of Penance on March 26.

I have recently had a renewal of faith — a conversion experience of sorts — within the last two years, following several years of simply just not going to church. I was always super involved in my parish growing up. I was part of the youth group. I was an altar server, a lector and a eucharistic minister. I volunteered, and I really enjoyed Mass. I graduated high school and went to college and started to not be as involved — as unfortunately many young adults often do — and eventually didn’t go to Mass at all.

I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I always had the feeling that there was something missing. Looking back now, I know it was church. It wasn’t God. He is always there and I’ve always loved him, even when I was neglecting him. But there is something to be said for the importance of church and all that it provides: the community, the Gospel, the sacraments.

You have to practice in order to be good at something. Going to Mass, among other things, has allowed me to become a better Catholic. And this is a really important thing, so I’m going to keep up the effort and not be lazy about it anymore. I’ve tried to make the most of this Lent. I gave up meat and have been fasting. I’ve prayed the rosary and attended Mass daily. The "icing on the cake" of my Lenten season was repenting and renewing my baptismal promise.

Happy Triduum! Happy Easter!

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