Tag Archives: confession

Ash Wednesday – Fasting, Abstainence, and You together with notes on alligator, endothermic moonfish, and muskrat

According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church, Latin Church Catholics are bound to observe fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday. Here are some details. I am sure you know them already, but they are good … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

ASK FATHER: Confession before suicide

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I haven’t been to confession in a long time, and I’d like to go soon. But I’ve also been very depressed and considering suicide. So I feel like one of my motivations to go would be to prepare … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Four Last Things | Tagged , , | Comments Off on ASK FATHER: Confession before suicide

ASK FATHER: Could the Church make “communal services” the norm for the Sacrament of Penance?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, In John 20:22-24, it says “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Our Catholic Identity | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

ASK FATHER: Priest attacked me for how I made my confession.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Today, I went for confession to the capuchins like I usually do. The priests there tend to be great confessors. However, today I had quite a bad experience. I confess in kind and number and I … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , , | 23 Comments

ASK FATHER: Confessing remembered forgotten sins

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I tend to get very nervous in confession and I do better if I just stick to the script so to speak so I don’t start rambling. Is there a formula for confessing mortal sins that were forgotten … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , , | 16 Comments

A prayer for your confessor, the priest to whom you are about to make your confession

In the past I have posted some prayers for priests to say before and after hearing confessions, as well as before and after making their own confessions. Here is a prayer for people to say for the priest, for the … Continue reading

Posted in GO TO CONFESSION | Tagged , | 12 Comments

McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Before anything else… Lots of people are really angry, indeed enraged.  Horrid situations such as those caused by men like McCarrick are painful.  We can make choices about how to view them.  Anger is appropriate, but not to the point … Continue reading

Posted in GO TO CONFESSION, Hard-Identity Catholicism, SESSIUNCULA, Wherein Fr. Z Rants | Tagged , , | 37 Comments

ASK FATHER: When to make an appointment for confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would it be better (in order for the priest to have more time with the penitent) to make an appointment for confessing VERY grave sins (something even the most lenient person would say needs confessing) or … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , | 10 Comments

ASK FATHER: Forgetting sins during confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, is it okay if I didn’t said the sin I was about to confess because my mind blocked? I didn’t finished it with the lines “for these and all my sins…” because I got … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , | 4 Comments

ASK FATHER: Confession time frustration

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hoping you can help me approach this situation correctly in future. Confession at parish is daily from 11:30 to 12 and mass starts at 12:10. Many times I arrive early and there is already a line so I … Continue reading

Posted in GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , | 21 Comments

25 March – Feast of the Thief who “stole heaven”: St. Dismas

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation… and we would be celebrating it if it were not for the vagaries of the Moon.  Palm Sunday and Holy Week have pushed our observance to another … Continue reading

Posted in Saints: Stories & Symbols | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Levity, Severity, the Confessional and YOU!

At First Things there is a good piece about toughness when it comes to preaching and discipline and gentleness in mercy, especially with penitents in the confessional. It is hard for priests to find that balance out en plein air … Continue reading

Posted in GO TO CONFESSION, SESSIUNCULA | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Making the Church appealing. What “sells”?

When it is time to draw people in, do those in charge show ugly modern churches bereft of statues, windows and obviously Catholic elements?   SURE they do! When it is time to make a movie and portray something about … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, GO TO CONFESSION, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Lighter fare, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Singing and confession – Just Too Cool!

When I was very young, I used to curl up with the dictionary.  One word would lead to another and to another.  I wound up building my vocabulary as if by capillarity. I sometimes do this with tweets, specially with … Continue reading

Posted in Just Too Cool, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

ASK FATHER: Would anything prevent a priest from always using the traditional formula of absolution?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: The reformed Rite of Penance added a whole bunch of stuff to the rite of confession—optional Scripture readings and so on—but I have never seen any of it used, even non-optional parts like how the priest … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , , , | 8 Comments