Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

3/19/2013 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

We should be enthusiastic about the Sacrament of Confession's ability to recreate us.

While listening to Sundays gospel about the woman caught in adultery, I found myself pondering its parallel to our painting endeavor. The Pharisees dragged a sinner to Jesus as a means of putting Him to the test. Like the dirty, scuffed walls of our pale yellow cell, the adulteress was soiled by her transgressions. I can only imagine how impure and unworthy she must have felt standing accused in the center of those men. Her sin laid bare for all to see and judge.

Highlights

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/19/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: reconciliation, confession, painting, mercy, penance, spiritual healing, renewal, Tara K. E. Brelinsky


ZEBULLON, NC (Catholic Online) - Halfway to meeting our expected little one, I decided was the ideal time for room swapping in our household. The nursery which had become the youngest boys' domain needed to be reclaimed.  Fantasizing about picture perfect rooms, I mapped out my plan.

Of course, my Better Homes and Gardens daydreams were balanced out by budget realities. So, rather than head to the nearest home improvement store, I descending into the basement to rummage through my ample cache of leftover paint cans.Score! Turns out we had two shades of blue paint, enough to renew the battered, old, pale yellow guestroom walls.

As my son assisted me in securing all the necessary supplies, I reminded him of the importance of preparation before commencing a project. Taking the time to map out the endeavor, counting your inventory and having your tools at the ready, all make the job easier.

First, the drop-cloth was laid. Then, we pried open and stirred those buckets of blue before pouring out the desired amount into the paint tray. Armed with the roller, my son's assignment was to cover the interior of the walls; while I utilized my small brush to define the edges and corners. 

With each stroke, the tired yellow walls began to revive. The scuff marks and smudges disappeared. Ugly imperfections vanished. By day's end, the room felt new again. That's why I love painting, in fact, because it allows me to recreate a space with minimal expense in a limited amount of time. Color, alone, can change the personality of our surroundings.

While listening to Sundays gospel about the woman caught in adultery, I found myself pondering its parallel to our painting endeavor. The Pharisees dragged a sinner to Jesus as a means of putting Him to the test. Like the dirty, scuffed walls of our pale yellow cell, the adulteress was soiled by her transgressions. I can only imagine how impure and unworthy she must have felt standing accused in the center of those men. Her sin laid bare for all to see and judge.

But then our dear, merciful Jesus knew her worth, her inner beauty, her potential. Like a painter sees a picture while the canvas is still blank, He saw her heart. In His wisdom, He also read the hearts of her accusers and knew their deceptive motives. So He turned the test back upon them by instructing, "Let the one among you who is guiltless be the first to throw a stone at her."   Knowing no one of them was without guilt, they each walked away. 

As Jesus gazed up again at the woman, He asked, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" And when she told Him no one had, He finished, "Neither do I condemn you.  Go away, and from this moment sin no more." Where moments before the woman was stained by her sins, she left the presence of Jesus cleansed and renewed. 

Many times I feel like that former yellow room, marked up with sin and guilt, ugly and unattractive interiorly. Sure I can live with those sins, silently carrying around that self-imposed burden, but like dirty walls my sin changes the perspective of everything.

In the Catholic Tradition, we are blessed with the great Sacrament of Reconciliation through which we can experience in a tangible way the renewal of our soul. We start by preparing.  In examining our conscience, we map out our endeavor and take inventory of our sins. Honesty/accountability, sincere contrition, purpose of amendment and penance are the required tools.

No matter whether our sins seem huge or minimal, sin is sin. Jesus washes away our trespasses with equal measure. As our roller and brush dispersed fresh color in our room renovation, so the priest's words of absolution dissolve our iniquities.Jesus Christ paints us anew, saturates us with His mercy.

My little boys were amazed and excited by our one day recreation of their newly assigned bedroom. How much more we should be enthusiastic about the Sacrament of Confession's ability to recreate us. 

Of course in time, tiny hand prints and careless play will leave their marks on those freshly painted, blue walls; just as our careless words and selfish actions will leave their marks on our clean souls. But, the remedies are as easy as grabbing a paint bucket or heading to our local confessional.

-----

Tara K. E. Brelinsky is a home schooling mother of seven living children, with six more heavenly ones who intercede (and a little soul expected to arrive in August). Married to her childhood sweetheart, they make their home in North Carolina where they teach Natural Family Planning, grow a garden, raise two dogs, a cat, a fish, ducks, roosters and a flock of hens (in addition to all those wonderful kids). Tara studied journalism a lifetime ago in college, but now she writes simply for the the glory of God. You can read more of her musings and inspirations on her blog "Blessings In Brelinskyville" (www.http://brelinskyville.blogspot.com/).

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Living Faith

Pope Francis to EU: 'tear down the walls' Watch

Image of Pope Francis urged the EU to tear down the walls keeping migrants out (Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

On Friday, Pope Francis delivered a speech reminiscent of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech, in which he called the European Union (EU) to "tear down the walls" and build a better, less discriminatory society. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


'If God can weep, then I too can weep': Pope Francis speaks of loneliness and suffering Watch

Image of Pope Francis reminds us God comforts us.

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

During a prayer vigil on Thursday for all those in need of consolation, Pope Francis stressed that though we cry out in moments of difficulty, we are never alone. Vatican City, Rome (Catholic Online) - His words of reassurance came after hearing various testimonies of ... continue reading


'Forgiveness is in our blood': Christian persecution can't steal our faith (WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT) Watch

Image of Christians in Syria speak out about persecution.

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

In a Christian neighborhood inside war-torn Syria, a young boy was waiting to be discharged from a hospital after undergoing surgery. Suddenly the building shook from a bombing. New York City, N.Y. (Catholic Online) - His mother, who was with him, ran out of the ... continue reading


Historical Jubilee documents on display! Watch

Image of An exhibition of the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi will be displaying pieces normally hidden safely away (Wikimedia Commons).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

For the Jubilee of Mercy, which will close November 20 this year, the Vatican Library is set to release delicate items for display. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic News Agency, the Jubilee Year of Mercy will be honored with a display of ... continue reading


The Happy Priest Reflects on the Ascension

Image of

By Fr. James Farfaglia

Today, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven.  The risen and glorified Jesus physically returns to the Father.  We await with joyful expectation his return in glory.  Where he has gone, we hope to follow.  There is a Heaven and we need ... continue reading


Fr. Tom still missing - Bishop holds tight to faith Watch

Image of Fr. Tom still missing but Bishop Paul Hinder believes he will be saved (Shutterstock).

By (CNA/EWTN News)

Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release. Aden, Yemen (CNA/EWTN News) - "The last words, which are quite reassuring, I received indirectly ... continue reading


Making a Difference: The miracle of life Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

I experienced a miracle! A few days ago, I held in my arms my first grandbaby - newly born Faith Annmarie. Thank God she's healthy and perfectly formed. And as I was looking at her, I reflected how wonderfully she is made - arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes, eyes, ... continue reading


'We have done little for women...': Pope Francis dedicates May prayer video to the dignity of women Watch

Image of Pope Francis asks the world to respect women (Pinterest).

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

In his May prayer video Pope Francis issued a global petition that women in all countries would be respected and valued, asking rhetorically if the mere recognition of their role is enough, or if more can be done. Vatican City, Rome (CNA/EWTN News) - "The contribution ... continue reading


Religious freedoms endangered around the world Watch

Image of Religious freedoms started their rapid decline in 2015 (Pinterest).

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

The right to exercise religion came under sustained assault around the world in 2015, according to a new report from a bipartisan United States commission, affecting Christians, Muslims, Jews, among others. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "By any measure, religious ... continue reading


HAPPENING NOW: Incredible 90-hour Bible Reading Marathon outside U.S. Capitol Watch

Image of The 90-hour Bible Reading Marathon started May 1, 2016 (Faith & Action).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The 27th annual 90-hour Bible Reading Marathon at the U.S. Capitol began Sunday evening and will continue through May fifth. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The event was launched with a hymn and prayer, then Reverend Rob Schenck, the president of the National ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. Thomas HD Video
  • Pope Francis to EU: 'tear down the walls'
  • Daily Readings for Friday, May 06, 2016
  • Bl. Edward Jones: Saint of the Day for Friday, May 06, 2016
  • Ever been depressed? Say goodbye to your Second Amendment
  • Man seeks bizarre RESTRAINING ORDER against God
  • Arising from Sleep HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 18:9-18
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, 'Be fearless; speak out ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 47:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 For Yahweh, the Most High, is glorious, the great king over all the ... Read More

Gospel, John 16:20-23
20 'In all truth I tell you, you will be weeping and wailing while the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 6th, 2016 Image

Bl. Edward Jones
May 6: Blessed Edward Jones and Anthony Middleton, ... Read More