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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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25 March – Feast of the Good Thief: St. Dismas

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Luke 23:39-43: And one of those robbers who were hanged, [Gesmas] blasphemed him, saying: … 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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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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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

GO TO CONFESSION! 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 2nd Ordinary Sunday (NO) & 2nd after Epiphany (TLM): We are beggars

I can’t think of a time when it was more important to beg God for mercy and aid, with bent knees, face to the ground. In the reformed calendar, we have moved into the Time called “Ordinary”, by which we mean … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Enervating, paralyzing shame and going to confession

I have occasionally exhorted you to … GO TO CONFESSION! 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 … Continue reading

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