FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2020
BISHOP DIMARZIO’S VIDEO REFLECTION TO THE FAITHFUL THIS LENTEN SUNDAY
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, has released the following video recorded from the Chapel in his residence, on this the Fourth Sunday of Lent, for the members of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens and beyond.
Bishop DiMarzio speaks about the practice of spiritual communion which has long been part of the Church. The practice is something the great saints implemented when they could not receive the Holy Eucharist during times when communion was not as available as it is today.
“When it is not possible for us to go to Church, we can ask the Lord to come to our hearts and unite ourselves with the Lord. For many of us it is a great and new practice,” said Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.
In the video, Bishop DiMarzio also addresses the Sacrament of Reconciliation, encouraging like the Pope, to make a good act of contrition to prepare for when we have the chance for confession. The Bishop also encourages the faithful to do a personal natural penance, especially in this time of isolation, where there are many things we don’t like but have to do.
“During this time of confinement, we are not far from God’s grace, not far from the Eucharist, and not far even from the forgiveness of our sins. Keep these things in mind as these days go on. Ask the Lord to come to you, to come to your heart, to bring you His Grace, to bring you His Forgiveness,” concluded Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio.
The link of the full video can be found at https://vimeo.com/399651056