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ASK FATHER: I’ve been such a sinner. Is striving for holiness a waste of time?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: d’ve lived a pretty sinful life and reverted back to the faith. Since then I have been striving to become a saint, but I’m starting to get the impression I’m wasting my time. I’m a member of a … Continue reading

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Strike your breasts in sorrow and hope

Imagine for a moment the sound made in church of hundreds of people simultaneously and with force striking their breasts with closed fists. St. Augustine, in his Enarrationes in psalmos 117, speaks of the thunder-like sound, strepitus, made in church by … Continue reading

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On The Road To Salvation… a mobile confessional!

This is very cool.  Fr. Z kudos to the one who came up with this. From KATC TV in the Diocese of Lafayette.  Someone converted an ambulance into a mobile confessional.    Be sure to watch the video. TEXT: LAFAYETTE … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father told penitent to go to a different priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Last year during Advent, my parents went to a Confession service at a parish different than theirs and my dad had an unusual situation. This particular parish has a large Hispanic population, so they had several … Continue reading

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Pope Francis goes to confession “every 15 or 20 days”.

Check out Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession During an interview with a Portuguese radio station, Pope Francis spoke about his own discipline with the sacrament of penance. HERE At the end of the interview, the Pope … Continue reading

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More about this whole Pope Francis, SSPX lack of faculties, Year of Mercy confessions thing

More needs to be said about this whole Pope Francis, SSPX lack of faculties, Year of Mercy confessions thing. As I wrote before, the Pope, in his letter to Archbp. Fisichella, did NOT say that the priests of the SSPX will … Continue reading

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A note about the necessary faculty priests must have licitly and validly to absolve sins

I want to clear up something related to the upcoming grant from Pope Francis (I repeat… upcoming, and not yet) to SSPX priests to absolve the sins of penitents who come to them. Some people are claiming that the SSPX already validly absolve … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father with dementia “absolved” by Episcopalian

From a reader: Short, short version: my ailing dad thinks he received (and is satisfied with) absolution from an episcopalian “priest” — do I press the point or trust in the Lord’s Mercy on this one? My father (70) has been away … Continue reading

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POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE] The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016. It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “I went to confession at a SSPX parish for several years.”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: After I became Catholic, some friends introduced me to tradition and I began to attend a SSPX parish with them. I went to confession at this SSPX parish for several years. I have heard that the validity of … Continue reading

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Prep Wednesday: All Bleeding Stops – Spiritual and Physical “Blow Out Kits”

The analogy of the Church Militant as a spiritual field hospital is pretty good, provided that we remember that in field hospitals lots of people don’t make it. We are like pilgrim soldiers in the Church Militant, on the march to our … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When you remember, past, forgotten sins?

From a reader…  I’m a convert to the Church, so I have a large span of my life with sins that I’m not entirely sure of. I confessed a series of sins (all of the same kind) as doubtful, but then a while … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Getting “paid” to go to confession and “selfies” with confessor

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My youth minister has been offering “S.P.Y.S Points” (basically, points that add up to a discount for events like NCYC and Steubenville Conferences) if we go to Confession and take a “selfie” with our confessor. First of all, would … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession before conversion

From a reader… I just read through your “ASK FATHER: Can non-Catholics go to confession?” post. For me, as a convert who was validly Baptized outside the Church, and because I had a horrific first Confession experience, it begs the question of when … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father didn’t make Sign of the Cross at absolution

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I went to confession this morning preparation for Ascension Mass, the priest was wonderful, yet when it came to the absolution part, i could see through the holes of the screen that the priest didn’t make the sign of … Continue reading

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