• Be Reconciled with God
    April 8, 2011 Reply

    Our two teenagers have entered this contest and it has been a true blessing.
    Not only did we have fun making the video – talking about the ideas, driving the kids to the church to film ect, we have also enjoyed watching ALL the videos. The little kids especially are really cute but then there are some who are really thinking deeply and they present very profound ideas about what it means to go to confession.
    Here’s our entry, if anyone is interested. It is currently in second place:

  • AndyP/Doria2
    April 8, 2011 Reply

    Confession MUST make a comeback and the sooner the better. The visions at Fatima showed the children souls falling into hell like snowflakes and the AMChurch has neglected this most holy Sacrament for far too long.

    It has been called the forgotten Sacrament. Preach it Archbishop – preach it.

    Hallelu – oops – I’ll wait for Pasqua too.

  • Chris
    April 8, 2011 Reply

    Hey I just posted my video yesterday. Check it out!

  • Bill O’Brien
    April 8, 2011 Reply

    Dear Archbishop,

    Thank you for your commitment to foster the Sacrament of Reconciliation. UNfortunately it seems to be the best kept secret of the Catholic Church in America. My Own Bishop delcared April 26 for a day of Reconciliation. I am so Glad to see the bishops taking a stand to encourage the faithful to do the right thing.
    God Bless you

  • Robert Fox
    April 9, 2011 Reply

    Wow! That is a terrific video, ‘Be Reconciled…”

    There are a few priests I know who say out loud the optional prayer after absolution. “May the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ… the merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of all the Saints, of whatever good you do or evil you endure be cause for an increase in grace, a remission of sins, and ever lasting life… I absolve you of all censures and sins…”

    A small group of fathers where I live know this prayer (as well as the prayer of absolution that the priest prays) by heart. It has been a good confessor that has kept us all Catholic all these years. Indeed, we owe the grace of our individual marriages and the children we have raised in the faith to the holy sacrament of confession.

    What is difficult these days is to find a priest who knows the faith well enough to guide a soul. There are marks of orthodoxy though. These are: 1.) Interior and exterior devotion to Our Lady and the crucified Lord, attachment to Magisterial teaching with regard to human sexual ethics, a devoted attitude to the rubrics (or liturgical rules) of the Mass (that is they do not attempt to be liturgically creative, just faithful)… they are willing to spend long hours in the confessional.

    When you see a long line at a confessional… that is a sign that you have an orthodox Son of Mary inside the confessional hearing confession. But the proof of that is holiness and charity as well as a firm determination to call sin… well… sin… and not to try and assist the penitent in rationalizing sin.

    When you find a good confessor… GO every 2 weeks if you can. Soon you will learn the art of confession. A wise young layman and dad once told me (when it comes to examining my own conscience) “be brutal, be brief, be GONE”.

    Ave Maria, gratia plena! Bob on Long Island.

  • Steve Harper
    April 10, 2011 Reply

    What wonderful initiative, and to think all the churches having confessions at the same over such a big geographical area. Absolutely fantastic. What solidarity. This is the way it should be. God Bless You Archbishop Dolan

  • George Stasko
    April 18, 2011 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    I feel compelled on this very beautiful Monday afternoon which you have deemed “Reconciliation Monday” to write a brief note thanking you for the opportunity today, as we begin Holy Week, to visit a nearby parish church where I work to receive forgiveness of my sins through The Sacrament of Reconciliation. What a grand idea and way of bringing The Lord’s people back to the church; to confess their sins, receive absolution and to continue on our Lenten journey toward Easter Sunday. It was very moving to see a steady stream of people walk through the church’s main doors (which would normally be closed mid afternoon) and proceed to the confessional where a priest was waiting for, just as Jesus is always waiting for a sinner to return.

    What a magnificent and wonderful opportunity for those reading this right now to take the time to visit Jesus, confess our sins and be renewed in Spirit with the Lord as we place our trust in him. He is waiting with open arms to greet us! Don’t delay.

    May God continue to bless you as you shepherd your people in the Archdiocese. Please keep us all in your prayers as we pray for you!

  • Mary
    May 19, 2011 Reply

    Dear Archbishop Dolan,

    Is there any news about which videos won the contest?
    Thank you. 🙂


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