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Tag: Confession

Anointing His Feet

March 19, AD 2016 0 Comments
Anointing His Feet

If you do not forgive others, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive you.  Jesus could have said this to the scribes and Pharisees accusing the woman caught in adultery.  Take the plank out of your own eye before you try to take the speck out of your brother’s.  This quip would work for them as […]

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God, The Father of Mercies

May 27, AD 2015 0 Comments
God, The Father of Mercies

Have you ever had that experience of walking away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation with an almost overwhelming sense of guilt? A sense of, “Do I really deserve to be forgiven?” Considering we are taught that those who believe in Christ commit a greater crime than those who wanted him crucified when we sin (CCC […]

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Spiritual Deep Cleaning

April 9, AD 2015 2 Comments
Spiritual Deep Cleaning

I am not a natural deep cleaner. Extensive projects that involve organizing minutiae, inordinate scrubbing, and rubber gloves are just not my thing.  Now I’m the first person to be stressed when my house looks a mess. In fits of cleaning, I tear through the house like a hurricane tidying stray toys, wiping down counters, […]

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The Beggar In Me

December 29, AD 2014 3 Comments
The Beggar In Me

I’ll be honest, more often than not when I pass a homeless person or someone begging on the side of the road I give them nothing more than a smile. Maybe, just maybe, if I happen to have extra food in my car and the light doesn’t change, I’ll give them of my excess, but […]

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An Open Letter to Priests

December 4, AD 2014 3 Comments
An Open Letter to Priests

Dear Fathers, In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis wrote, “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” When I read this, I thought of all of you priests who spend hours in the confessional, some even staying […]

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Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

September 8, AD 2014 4 Comments
Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly resolve, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. […]

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Cross My Heart

December 30, AD 2013 4 Comments
Cross My Heart

It was a debate, a debate that dominated my prayer the night before, my getting ready the day of, and the drive there on that day. Was I really in a state of being that was unworthy of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist? My desire for Him was and is so great…but not great enough, apparently, to […]

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A Biblical Look at Confession

December 16, AD 2013 33 Comments
A Biblical Look at Confession

A friend of mind had just learned of my decision to join the Catholic faith. He was nice about it, that is, he didn’t give me the “whore of babylon” reaction. He dropped me off after a slice of pizza and said, “You know, there’s just one thing I could never do.” “Whats that?” “Confession. I could never […]

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“I’m Gonna Confess, Support Me”

November 7, AD 2013 8 Comments
“I’m Gonna Confess, Support Me”

The title is a Facebook status that one of my friends once posted. When I saw it, I thought she was asking for prayers because she was about to receive the sacrament of confession. Only after several other friends posted the same status did I realize that some Facebook game, meme, or even virus is […]

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A Defense of Indulgences

September 28, AD 2013 6 Comments
A Defense of Indulgences

When I first heard about indulgences I was pretty skeptical; they can sound so cold, clear-cut and strangely precise in an imprecise world. Now that I understand the role of indulgences a bit more, I have become an avid indulgence collector. My fellow sisters tease me because I get really pumped up when I hear […]

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Secular Society Should be Grateful for Confession

December 2, AD 2012 2 Comments
Secular Society Should be Grateful for Confession

So once again in Australia we see the inner workings of the Catholic Church being dissected by an audience that has little understanding of, or care for, matters of faith. Interestingly while commentators are usually quick to point out perceived trespassing by the Church into the domain of the State, there doesn’t seem to be […]

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Healed by Sticks (Or Why I Love Going to Confession)

December 1, AD 2012 3 Comments
Healed by Sticks (Or Why I Love Going to Confession)

I wish I could say that I’ve only been to the hospital once because I was bleeding profusely from my head. At least the second time it happened, some good came of it. During the summer of 2008, I went on a two-week mission trip to Brazil. We went to Matto Grosso State, on the […]

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No One Expects the Apostolic Inquisition!

October 15, AD 2012 4 Comments
No One Expects the Apostolic Inquisition!

Here are two great questions to put to your Protestant friends: Apostolic Confession? In John 20:21-23, Jesus gives the Apostles authority to forgive (or retain) sins. Since your Protestant friend likely objects to the Catholic practice of confessing sins to a priest (since, the dichotomy goes, only God forgives sins), tactfully ask her how she […]

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What To Do When Confession Goes Bad

October 6, AD 2012 19 Comments
What To Do When Confession Goes Bad

Last week I published a post called “5 Tips That Will Change The Way You Think About Confession.” Overall it had great reviews. It resonated with how a lot of people feel about the sacrament. A woman wrote an email to me lamenting the fact that her sister had actually had a really bad experience […]

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The Need for Change

September 18, AD 2012 0 Comments
The Need for Change

Fall is in the air in southern Minnesota. Farmers are beginning their harvest and the first frost has fallen. There is a beautiful chill in the air, leaves are beginning to change, and pumpkin spice is everywhere. It’s a good time to be in Minnesota. This past weekend, my husband and I decided to go […]

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