July 26th, 2019
Reflections, by Fr. Bill
Dear Friends in Christ,
This coming Wednesday, July 31, the church celebrates the life St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits. Many of you have been formed in Jesuit schools like Seattle Prep, Gonzaga, or Seattle University. I count myself as a friend and fan of the society and have been blessed to know many fine Jesuits over the years, including a local priest I see as a spiritual director.
One of the core beliefs in Ignatian Spirituality is “Finding God in all things.” Believe it or not, that includes our weakness and sinfulness. In his spiritual exercises, St. Ignatius directs us to acknowledge that we are sinners, but always beloved of God, who never ceases to offer us forgiveness, reconciliation and peace. It’s there for the asking!
One of the powerful ways we experience healing from our sinfulness is the Sacrament of Reconciliation which is offered at St. Bridget’s every Saturday from 3:45- 4:30pm, or anytime by appointment. I encourage you to consider making a good confession if you haven’t done so for a while. Please don’t worry about what I might think of what you confess. “I am also a sinner, but God’s love has saved me” to quote Pope Francis. As a priest for 38 years, I have heard it all, so trust me, you’re not that original! My role is to listen with compassion, and to offer the words that only Christ can give, the absolution and forgiveness of your sins. That’s a beautiful place to find God!
St. Ignatius of Loyola…pray for us!
Live Jesus in our hearts…forever!
Fr. Bill Heric, Pastor