Fr. Charles Irvin
feelings which come upon us before flickering candles in our churches. Repentance and conversion are conscious will-acts made in the cold light of reality and in the hard choices of our everyday lives. To separate religion and religious choices and values from our day to day choices is to remove religion from reality. Repentance and conversion are made out in the open, not in private.
I wonder how many of us really believe in the forgiveness of sins? How many really believe in confession, repentance, and conversion? 1 daresay that, if hard put, some would assert that we don’t
need to be converted, that we’re on the way to salvation, and that forgiveness of sins is only for those who are weak. Forgiveness of sins? “Oh, that’s just old church stuff,” some say.