8:00 - 8:20 am
|Saturday||3:00 - 4:15 pm|
Oh, the days when priests used to sit in the confessionals waiting for penitents! Does anyone remember that? I do. We had a Franciscan priest who used to do just that. He died in 1998, and I knew him for two years before he passed away. He would sit in the confessional before every Mass, with the door open, holding his rosary beads, an open invitation to sinners to come and make reparation for their transgressions. That was only nine years ago, and I still remember how prayerful and holy this priest was. He would kneel and pray before the Blessed Sacrament prior to every Mass, never once taking a kneeler. He always knelt on the hard floor, even though his age made it difficult to get up again. He set a holy example of reverence that I've never forgotten. Anyone who wanted to go to confession didn't need to track him down to make an appointment. All we had to do was head to the confessional. We knew where to find him. God rest his soul.