Catholic Thoughts on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement
On Yom Kippur, the ritual trial reaches its conclusion. The people finally drop all their defenses and excuses and throw themselves on the mercy of the court, yet the same people never lose the conviction that they will be pardoned. This atonement is by divine grace; it is above and beyond the individual effort or merit. (Rabbi Irving Greenberg)
Beginning this Friday evening, September 29th at sundown, will be the first day of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
Before my conversion to Catholicism, I observed (as a secular Jew) only one religious holiday, Yom Kippur. My observance was not Orthodox,