I love to listen to talk radio, especially when I’m driving. Not the talk shows that get you worked up and anxious, but the shows that teach something and inspire one to be better are worth my time. I wrote about this before in Blown Away by Radio
Many years ago I was listening to Charles Swindoll’s radio show called “Insight for Living.” He said something that transformed my life. It literally changed my thought process. Now it was a long time ago but here is what I remember. “Any person who says that they are without sin stands in arrogance before God. Let me say it again. Any person who says that they are without sin stands in arrogance before God.”
Do you know what my first thought was? Well that’s an arrogant thing to say! And I stewed with that thought as he talked on. Finally (in my arrogance) I smugly said, “Okay God, I really can’t think of any sins I’ve committed lately, so if I’ve sinned, you show me.
And he did.
Ever so graciously, in my thoughts and conscience, God revealed to me my sins. God is good, all the time. I’m grateful for the challenging words that brought me (okay, smacked me) into reality that day. And do you know what? God continues to gently and kindly show me when my actions fall short of what he expects from me. But I have hope, because God forgives. His grace to be strong and wise is granted through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
If you would like to know more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, your local church is a good place to start. Just go. Tell the priest you haven’t been in a while (or never) and he will guide you through. All are welcome.
What is the Sacrament of Penance? Click here
You can link to various Examinations of Conscience here