The Sacrament of Confession: Part II

In my previous post I explained the Sacrament of Confession by using information from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The purpose of Part I was to describe the theology of the sacrament.

The purpose of Part II is to provide tools and guidance for participating in it.

After reading this post, I hope you feel excited to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

In this post I’ll focus on:

  • Preparation
  • Tips
  • Encouragement
  • Advice

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The Sacrament of Confession: Part I

In my mid-twenties I began to practice my Catholic Faith more seriously and attend Mass regularly. During that time, I kept hearing a priest talk about confession during his homilies.

Even though I wanted to go to confession, I didn’t know much about it because I wasn’t taught to go regularly.

I desired to understand why I need to receive the sacrament, what it is and the effects.

Once I discovered this information and received the sacrament, it was life-changing!

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Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Christians should follow the example of the most holy Virgin Mary because Jesus Himself gave her to us as our Mother. He has pointed to her as the model we should follow. It is, in fact, a natural thing that children should have hearts like their mothers and should reflect their mothers’ goodness and virtues.” ~ St. Paul VI

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Roman Catholic Church.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I want to share a beautiful prayer that honors our Blessed Mother.

It’s called the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka the Litany of Loreto).

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Abortion: Truth, Hope and Help

Thus says the LORD:
In Ramah is heard the sound of sobbing,
bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns for her children,
she refuses to be consoled
for her children—they are no more! (Jeremiah 31:15 NABRE)

A Day to Mourn

As you probably know, the “Reproductive Health Act” (RHA) was passed in New York State on January 22, 2019.

The law permits “late-stage” abortions, which could be performed up to the moment of birth in some cases. It also allows abortions to be performed by any licensed health practitioners, rather than full doctors. The law removes all legal protection for unborn children and those born alive after attempted abortions.

It was passed on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States.

I believe the NY vote took place on this anniversary intentionally. I believe it was meant to be a slap in the face to those of us who are pro-life.

When I heard about the law, I felt extremely angry and upset; and I wasn’t the only one.

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