Be merciful O Lord, for we have sinned - Psalm 51
The butterfly effect is a theory that a small change can make much bigger changes happen. As we come to the end of this hybrid Lent many folks will go to sacramental confession. The small act of bringing our sins to Jesus is like the butterfly effect—it has a much bigger effect on us than what we can see.
We go to confession to be healed but the effect of being healed is bigger than what we may always realize. In a sense going to confession is the butterfly effect—a small change causing a bigger change to happen. Or as Pope Francis says, we leave confession with “greater spiritual health, we pass from misery to mercy. One effect of this is that we are filled with compassion bringing this balm of mercy to those we encounter.
The butterfly effect happens because “the center of confession is not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive,” Francis explained. “In the heart of God we come before our mistakes.” Because Jesus is the center of confession, whether we get to confession or not, we head towards Holy Week with the butterfly effect of God’s grace and mercy with us, and we will find ourselves renewed.
Showcasing 7th grade’s talents: Catherine’s great picture of a boxed cat shows how we look coming through another Lent in a pandemic, but take heart, Easter is just around the corner.
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