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Fr. LeRoy Scheierl
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Week of March 8, 2015

I have a cute story for you from a Mr. Joseph Selma, entitled I Can See Clearly Now. It goes like this: “Her Laundry isn’t very clean,” Ann told her husband, John, while looking out the kitchen window as her new neighbor hung up her wash on the line. “She needs a good lesson on how to wash her clothes.” John continued to read his newspaper in silence. Every time the neighbor hung out her wash, Ann would repeat her criticism and John would remain silent. A few weeks later, Ann was surprised to look out her window to discover a fresh row of radiantly clean laundry. Shocked, she commented. “Look, she finally learned how to do her wash, and I didn’t have to say a word!” John looked up from his paper. “No, she didn’t do anything different, Ann. I just finally washed our windows this morning.” (Joseph Selma) Sound familiar? Rather than gaze at our neighbor’s laundry, Lent is a good time to check the window or lens from which we view the world. What kind of glass (dirty or clean) do I see through? Is our looking glass clouded with judgment, criticism, jealousy, pessimism, or dislike? Do we have unrealistic expectations of others, which causes me to see with the lens of self-righteousness? What about my own dirty laundry that I let hang out to dry in the air? In our bulletin you will see several opportunities to avail ourselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 pm. St. Paul Church will host their Reconciliation Service. On Saturday, March 14th at 1:00 pm. the Church of St. Peter will have their Penance Service. We have arranged to have about 12 priests/confessors at each of these services to help us experience Christ’s forgiveness in our life. I have also arranged for an extended individual confession time on all Saturdays during Lent before Mass from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm. If none of these work for you, I encourage you to please check our bulletin listing for other opportunities to receive the Sacrament in other parishes throughout our St. Cloud area. As is our tradition, the priests of the St. Cloud area have agreed to help each other out at each of these services. This is one reason why I (your pastor) do not offer multiple times in our own parish for individual confessions, since I will be helping in these other areas. And so, as part of our Lenten journey I invite everyone to “clean the looking glass” of our spiritual eyes so that we might see more clearly the glory of God come Easter. This is the time to be reconciled in Christ’s love! Peace, Fr. LeRoy Scheierl

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