Bishop Serratelli addresses mercy and repentance

As we enter Holy Week Catholics become more aware of our experience of the Paschal mystery – the process of dying and rising, death and new life. We see this all around us and in our own lives.

Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, NJ shares insights on the Paschal mystery in terms of mercy and repentance. He begins his remarks writing about a scientific study of near-death out of body experiences, stating most who report on near-death experience were overwhelming positive. But some “seem to have been a foretaste of what Christians would traditionally describe as hell. No light. Only darkness.”

He goes on to tie mercy and repentance together in terms of repentance being the response to God’s mercy.

“God’s mercy precedes our contrition and sorrow for sin. In the light of his love, we see the disorder of our lives.

“Second, in repentance, there is our response to God’s mercy. Our response begins with the mind. We acknowledge that we have sinned. “If we say, ‘we are without sin,’ we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing” (1 Jn 1:8-9),” Bishop Serratelli writes.

For Bishop Serratelli’s entire column from the Catholic News Agency (April 6, 2017), click here.