Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

ASK FATHER: It’s hard to be a part of a bitter community.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My friend and I have been attending Mass in the EF for several years. We are the pioneer “young ” adults in our Latin Mass community. We were discussing the other day how both of us … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The benefits of sacraments in the state of mortal sin

From a reader… I’ve recently learned that the graces of the sacrament of marriage are not received until or unless the person is in a state of grace. Looking back at my own life, how blind and foolish I was, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to go to confession to an SSPX priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I now happen to live 10 minutes’ walk from the local FSSPX chapel here in London. I don’t intend to make it my customary place for Mass (tempting as that is) unless and until a regularisation … Continue reading

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Reader Feedback

I appreciate notes and feedback, especially like this. From a reader… I *finally* took the advice that you keep hammering into the readers of your blog and went to confession last evening, a year since my last confession. I’m glad … Continue reading

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Of Prisoners and Devotions

If we want to succeed in our initiatives in the Church, initiatives directed both ad intra and ad extra, we must revitalize our Catholic identity.  To revitalize our Catholic identity, we need, first and foremost, a renewal of our sacred liturgical worship, primarily … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In confession, must we say which sins are mortal, which venial?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know, to make a good confession, we need to confess mortal sins and the number of times we committed the sins. But I am often confused about whether a sin I committed is mortal or … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after making confessions

A while back I posted prayers in Latin and English which a priest confessor might use before and after hearing sacramental confessions.  These prayers are from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after hearing confessions

As I was rooting around for something I posted in the past, I found this which, by coincidence, I posted 3 years ago to the day. Here are the prayers I usually say before and after hearing confessions. They are taken … Continue reading

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BAD REASON #873 for not going to confession

From the 24 March 2017 print edition of The Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly… for which I, by the way, write a a rather unheralded short weekly column.  The title: Omnium Gatherum BAD REASON #873 for not going to confession when you know … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s take on the Pope’s remarks to Chilean Bishops

People are asking me in email what I think of the Pope’s alleged statements to Chilean bishops making their ad limina visit.  Apparently the Holy Father told them, as reported by the UK’s best Catholic weekly The Catholic Herald (for which I write a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Telling a lie during confession

I have had a couple questions along these lines, so I present something I have written before.  (I have answer a lot of questions here, after all.) From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it a mortal sin if one accidentally lies in … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2017 22 – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent: The true Christian penitent

Today is Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent.  The Roman Station is San Sisto (in Rome this year celebrated at Sant’Andrea della Valle). GO TO CONFESSION!

Today we hear more from the wonderful works of Abbot Anscar Vonier, today a … Continue reading

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Pope Francis GOES TO CONFESSION!

I see at Vatican Insider that there was a penitential service at St. Peter’s Basilica.  We have once again the image of a Pope making his confession, not hearing confessions. Meanwhile, Francis addressed a gathering of the extremely-helpful annual workshop for … Continue reading

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WDTPRS 3rd Sunday of Lent (1962MR): “When the priest’s hand extends over you, you are sheltered from the attacks of Hell.”

In ancient Rome on this 3rd Sunday, catechumens who desired to enter Holy Church and be baptized at Easter would be lead in a great procession to the Basilica of St. Lawrence “outside-the-walls” where they had been on Septuagesima Sunday.  … Continue reading

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WDTRPS – Quinquagesima Sunday: PREPARE FOR BATTLE!

In our traditional Roman calendar tomorrow, Sunday, is Quinquagesima, Latin for the symbolic “Fiftieth” day before Easter.  Today is one of the pre-Lenten Sundays which prepare us for the discipline of Lent. The priest’s vestments are purple. No Alleluia. The … Continue reading

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