There was once a tradition in Russia as Easter drew near: Before going to confession, the members of a household would observe a beautiful home ritual. Each would bow to the other members of the family, including the servants, and utter the age-old phrase, "In the name of Christ, forgive me if I have offended you." The ritual response was, "God will forgive you." Consider the profound healing effect such a ritual of anticipating sacramental absolution might have in your home. You could even extend such a ritual to those in your workplace! You could also make a creative addition to the age-old response: "God will forgive you . . . and I forgive you."

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