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+321+ The Church is Serious about God’s Mercy (Lent 4)

Fr. Joel Homilies

The Father sees his Prodigal Son returning, runs to him, welcomes him, and throws a party for him. Only God the Father loves this generously. When God’s love meets our sins, love wins. Catholics are expected to make use of Confession at least once a year, so that every Catholic can personally encounter the loving mercy of God. (10 Mar 2013)

Step 2 – Renew the Habit of Reconciliation

Fr. Joel The Loving Life

Confession. Penance. Reconciliation. No matter what we call it, the idea of confessing our sins makes us very uncomfortable.  This is the sacrament we love to hate. But the Church believes that all seven Sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ in order to answer our spiritual needs. In other words, in this sacrament Jesus gives us something we really need …

Pope Benedict on Confession

Benjamin Being Catholic

The Sacrament of Penance is a precious treasure of the Catholic Church, and a good confession teaches more about sin, personal responsibility, mercy, and forgiveness than a hundred homilies. Confession also teaches the priest, and Pope Benedict was quick to point that out in an audience recently for priests and seminarians. The Pope said, “The priestly mission represents a unique …

Online Confessional

Benjamin Priesthood

Modern man has come a long way from crawling up to a wooden box to confess his sins to a priest. A recent article on CNN discusses the rise of online confession of sins. A brand of websites, generally started by large Protestant churches in the United States, allow you to anonymously post your sins in a digital admission of …