Steven-408478: ‘The Depths Of My Sins Were Forgiven’


Like a prodigal son, Steven returned to the Catholic Church after 33 years

By Steven-408478

Lent is the penitential period that guided my return to our Father’s House.

I had abandoned my Catholic faith for 33 years. Like the prodigal son, I was feeding on the husk the pigs ate. Darkness surrounded me while buried in the crypt of sin. The cleaves of humiliation cut deep into my heart.

Faith is the answer He sent while I grappled with a plank of conversion and repentance. The Lenten season of 2004 introduced my second plank, reconciliation and penance, rescuing me from the darkest depths of transgression.

But pride and ego made it difficult to ask for forgiveness. How could I have let this go on for so long?

I was lost stumbling on a path potholed with alcohol, lust and self-gratification. The squall on the horizon exploded and the storm in my soul sank me. I was shipwrecked, holding to a plank floating in the open sea.

I believe Mary the Blessed Virgin and St. Paul were by my side as I floated aimlessly on this destitute board.

Clinging to my piece of wood, Mary clutched me from the storm.

“Do as He tell you,” she said, leading me to her Son.

His Mercy is unfathomable, and the depths of my sins were forgiven. Light overcame darkness, my sins were forgiven, and grace restored.

Lent is a time of reflection on our storms and penance is our port. The sacrament of reconciliation restored God’s grace in me. I became intimate with Him and sat at His table feasting at the banquet of the Holy Eucharist with our community, the Church.

I offer my Lenten journey of sacrifice for our pope, bishops, priests, sisters, lay missioners and the lost souls of poor sinners.

I am so grateful to have made the journey back home.

Reflection question: What sins must I confess?

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  1. Paul-663898 April 11, 2011 Reply

    Nice article!!

  2. Margot-50387 April 11, 2011 Reply

    Steve your testament touched me deeply. I know what it’s like to be out there on the open sea holding on to that plank for dear life. What fools we are to wander so far from the source of our life!

  3. Jeanne-648636 April 10, 2011 Reply

    Very inspiring, Steven! I love the word pictures you paint.

  4. Frances-26250 April 10, 2011 Reply

    Praise God. May many souls be reached by that testimony.

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