Tag Archives: confession

ASK FATHER: Away from the Church for 17 years, but I want to return

From a reader…
I am a baptized Catholic who strayed far away, dabbled in Buddhism for 17 years, and now realize all that was ridiculous nonsense. I want to come back to the Church. Where do I start?
First, good for you. … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 3rd Sunday of Lent (2002MR): “Do you wish your prayer to fly toward God?”

Roman Station: St. Lawrence outside the walls
An examination of our conscience is a humbling experience.  When we look to see who really are inside, we can have different reactions.  Sometimes we find things which frighten and discourage us.  If we … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t make Sign of the Cross when giving absolution

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Whether an absolution is valid if the priest prays the form of the sacrament correctly, but does not make the sign of the cross.
This might just be scruples, but recently, I went to confession to a priest who … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: I typically go to confession “when needed”…

From a reader…
Narratur:
I know of your constant preaching about the need for confession, and so I thought to share my experience today.
I typically go to confession “when needed,” meaning when I perceive I have sinned in a grave matter, or … Continue reading

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The elation of a good confession humbly made

At The Catholic Thing there is a piece by Regis Martin about the Sacrament of Penance.
When was the last time you went to confession?  When was the last time you made that good and complete confession of all mortal sins in … Continue reading

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Fathers! You are the mighty enemies of our enemy, Hell!

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What a victory for the demons of Hell it has been to run down the Sacrament of Penance until it is barely thought of in some parishes.
Fathers, if you are parish priests and have the obligation to hear … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can absolution be granted when no purpose of amendment exists?

Under another entry here a commentator asked:
Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’?
No. And No.
In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some other odd condition, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Enervating, paralyzing shame and going to confession

I have occasionally exhorted you to …
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I shall continue to do so. I take seriously my duty to try to keep as many of you out of Hell as I can and get as many as possible into … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can SSPX priest still give absolution validly after the Year of Mercy?

From a reader…
For the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis gave permission to receive Absolution from SSPX priests. Has that permission ended with the Year of Mercy or is it still in effect? We can’t find an official answer explaining this.
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When was the last time you heard those words?

A correspondent sent the following, which I offer for your consideration:
Our Lord speaking to St. Faustina in the Diary of Divine Mercy:
“He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. … Continue reading

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