Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I hope you're not confused that sprinkling any kind of water will take the place of working on the issues that need Confession. Confession is the only thing that will get rid of those "issues". We generally call them "sins". They stick there on your soul until you go to Confession--which, by the way, is now called "Reconciliation". And even then, if you're not truly sorry for your "issues", the forgiveness doesn't stick either.
I used to have a little problem with the idea that we changed the name of our beloved sacrament, but I'm finally warming up to it, years later. Years and years and years, later. I felt that we shouldn't abandon the notion that we had to confess, which involves some humility.
But so does reconciliation, and that really is a more accurate description of what happens in the confessional. The reconciliational. That's a mouthful. Good thing we mostly go face to face now.
I do have a small problem with that. While I think it's really an excellent idea, I think it keeps a lot of people away. It's the whole reason we had "the box" in the first place. Some people really need anonymity. I'm not just whistling "Dixie".
The name was changed to drive home the fact that God never turns from you. When you sin, you turn from God. Since God is always there for you, it's up to you to reconcile with Him. He's just waiting for you.
Is there a difference between Holy Water and Lourdes water? Yes and no. Holy water is just regular water that has been blessed by a priest. Lourdes water is holy water that was blessed by Our Lady when she designated to Bernadette that the water would be a healing spring. Lourdes water is considered to have miraculous properties, while Holy Water is a sacramental through which grace flows.
To that end, for your purposes, I'd go with regular Holy Water for your house and the people in it. How does that work?
Holy Water 101:
Water sustains life.
God sustains life.
Holy water cleanses and sustains the life of the soul, as it is blessed with the Grace of God.
So we cleanse and bless objects that help us to sustain the lives of our souls by calling on the Grace of God.
I'm working on another booklet about sacramentals, so I'll be sure and make one about Holy Water. Meanwhile, the first four are available! We've sold quite a few already!