Yesterday marked the end of Yom Kippur, but I would like to share something written by my parish priest:
"This week, Tuesday evening thru Wednesday evening, our Jewish brothers and sisters conclude the observance of the "#DaysofAwe." With Yom Kippur. This is the most solemn day of the year in the Jewish community... a day of #fasting and #prayer that begins with the chanting or recitation of the #KolNidre, an ancient prayer begging forgiveness for all past offenses against God and asking for a new beginning. I have often likened Yom Kippur to #AshWednesday. Both days are intended to be penitential in nature, with an honest recognition of our sinfulness and a resolve, with God's help, to avoid sinful behavior in the future. In light of the recent revelations about the sinful side of the Church, perhaps it would be appropriate this year for Catholics to join in solidarity with our Jewish friends and observe Yom Kippur together! Our Catholic theological tradition makes clear that sin is not merely an individual or personal failing. We also recognize the resistance of social sin, which pervades the structures of our society (including those of the Church) and so makes us all complicit to some degree in the injustice, violence, prejudice, greed, harassment, exploitation, oppression, etc. that have contaminated our life together as human persons and, in the case of the Church, as Catholic Christians. Our recognition of social sin and its systemic roots means that we can rarely, if ever, point a finger at somebody else and speak of "their sin." For even what seems to be an individual's choice is often tangled up in a "web of sin." that we all, to some extent, participate in, condone, permit, and contribute to... even if only through silence and "acts of omission." ... So, too, this moment in the life of our Church, when honest and forthright acknowledgement of our communal sin and a genuine #commitment to communal #conversion seems both appropriate and nessisary. This Tuesday evening then, I too will be praying for #forgiveness and conversion, alongside my Jewish brothers and sisters... and perhaps you should, too."
Thoughts? #Catholic #MerryMaryCatholic #YomKippur