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“My wife returned to confession last night for the first time in over a decade…”

From a reader: I wanted to share with you my great joys. My wife returned to confession last night for the first time in over a decade, and only the third time ever. On Saturday evening, I will be baptized and received … Continue reading

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” After a 16 year absence I returned to the Sacrament of Holy Confession this evening.”

From a reader in my email: Message: Dear Fr. Z, My sincere thanks and gratitude to you for your ministry. After a 16 year absence I returned to the Sacrament of Holy Confession for the first time this evening. After … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Billboards for CONFESSION! Promoted by which bishop?

I think the world of Bp. Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa. He initiated a liturgical renewal in the diocese, he has been supportive of the Clear Creek Monastery, he sponsored workshops for exorcists. A few more bishops like this … Continue reading

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After confessing, a young reader asked priest to use the proper form of absolution…

From a young reader: I’m a teen going to a Catholic highschool in ____. I’m used to relaxed priests who bend the red and change the black. I usually am charitable and celebrate the basic validity of sacraments I receive from them. … Continue reading

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Have you made your good confession yet? Fr. Z’s 20 Tips.

Lent is a time for introspection and conversion. Has it been a while since you have made a good confession? Here are some tips. Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession o{]:¬) We should… 1) …examine our consciences regularly … Continue reading

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A priest on hearing confessions for three hours

I don’t know if I have mentioned it lately but… GO TO CONFESSION! For that to be possible priests have to get into the box and hear confessions. To this end, I point you to an amusing post by Fr. … Continue reading

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From xkcd: GO TO CONFESSION!

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An examination of conscience to help make a better confession by a really sound priest

Last year I posted about some sheets developed by my friend the great Fr. Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, to help people with an examination of conscience before going to confession.  He made them available at the blog of his parish, Our … Continue reading

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Of TEOTWAWKI, Your Black Unconfessed Sins, and You

People sometimes think, “Oh, those poor people.  That could never happen here.” And then it does. The people in Russia who had the encounter with the bus-size exploding meteor, got up that day just like you did.   Remember that … Continue reading

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Bp. Olmsted (D. Phoenix) issues pastoral letter to priests about importance of Confession

From the onset, Fr. Z Kudos to His Excellency Most Rev. Bp. Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix for his new Pastoral Letter on CONFESSIONS! The letter is called “Apostles of Mercy” and it is directed to the Priests of the Diocese … Continue reading

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Feedback like this makes it worthwhile

From a reader: I want to quickly let you know how much I appreciate you constantly pushing confession in your blog. I made my first confession in nearly two and a half years last night, and was finally able to … Continue reading

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Getting back around to an old idea: confessions DURING Mass

The discussion of confessions during Mass is hardly new to long-time readers of this blog.  I’ve dealt with it many times.  For example, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, … This is hardly new also to Catholics who seek out the traditional form of … Continue reading

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A good way to start the new year of grace would be…

… go to confession. Make a good and complete examination of your conscience. Confess all your mortal sins, omitting none, in both kind and number…. number… number!.. to the best of your ability. Pay no attention to the liberals who … Continue reading

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Card. Arinze’s Christmas message on Vatican Radio – first point: confession!

Vatican Radio has been posting short audio messages from Church leaders.  Here is a brief message from the Cardinal Bishop of my own diocese, the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni, His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze, Prefect-Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine … Continue reading

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From a priest about hearing confessions, and reviving the Sacrament of Penance

From a priest: Blessings and peace to you. I just wanted to add a confessor’s piece to the many penitent’s testimonies that you have been posting. During Advent I have been inviting and pursuing the parish to go to confession. … Continue reading

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