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 Trust

Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life (Respect Life).

In honor of Respect Life Month I’d like to share a prayer from the Sisters of Life, a religious order whose mission is to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

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Lourdes Part IV: The Apparitions Continued

In my previous post, I gave descriptions of the first nine apparitions in Lourdes.

In that post, there was an issue with the photos and they weren’t visible at first! The issue was fixed later and the photos are now visible.

If you weren’t able to view the photos when you initially read the post, please click here to revisit it. (I recommend doing this because the photos illustrate the connections.)

In this post, I’ll present the last nine apparitions and the connections between the past and the present.

Image of the 16th Apparition, Musée Sainte-Bernadette, Lourdes

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Lourdes: A Place of Healing and Grace

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor teenage girl named Bernadette Soubirous on February 11, 1858.

Between February 11th and July 16th, she appeared eighteen times in the Grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, France.

Several years ago, I was reading about the events in Lourdes and discovered these words from the Blessed Mother to Bernadette:

“I do not promise you happiness in this world, but in the next.”

When I read those words, they pierced my soul.

From that moment on, I’ve felt a strong connection to St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Even though I never seriously considered going to Lourdes, something changed recently.

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