Bishops publish new resource leaflet on Friday Penance
In his Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland Pope Benedict XVI suggested a number of initiatives to support renewal in the Church here.
The link between Friday and penance is extremely ancient and is even reflected in the Irish word for Friday – An Aoine (the fast)
Friday Penance Leaflet (pdf)
Pope Benedict asked us to offer our Friday Penances “for an outpouring of God’s mercy and the Holy Spirit’s gifts of holiness and strength.” He asked us to offer our fasting, prayer, reading of Scripture and works of mercy in order to obtain the grace of healing and renewal for the Church in Ireland.
In addition Pope Benedict encouraged us, “to discover anew the sacrament of Reconciliation and to avail yourselves more frequently of the transforming power of its grace”.
The Bishops’ Conference has published a new resource leaflet called Friday Penance to assist of all of us in responding to the invitation of the Holy Father.
Penance arises from the Lord’s call to conversation and repentance and this new leaflet describes why penance is an essential part of all genuine Christian living:
- in memory of the passion and death of the Lord
- as a sharing in Christ’s suffering
- as an expression of inner conversion
- as a form of reparation for sin
The leaflet suggests ways of fulfilling Friday penance such as abstaining from meat or alcohol, visiting the Blessed Sacrament or helping the poor, sick and lonely as well as other suggestions.
Please download the leaflet Friday Penance from http://www.irishbishops.ie/ The leaflet also offers suggested tweets for use as reminders about Friday Penance.