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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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means that Catholics must attend Mass.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII wrote on the teaching of the Assumption:

The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory (Munificentissimus Deus 44).

The Solemnity of the Assumption — known as the Dormition of Mary in the Eastern Churches — is a special day for me and an important day for all Christians.

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Behold the Heart

On June 16, 1675 Jesus appeared to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque (now a saint) and asked for the creation of a new feast.

He requested for the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated on the Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi, nineteen days after Pentecost.

In 1856, Pope Pius IX extended the feast to the Universal Church. This year, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on June 28th.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart is very popular and one you may already know and/or practice. If not, I recommend learning about it.

Rather than explain the devotion, I’ll share a recent experience that connects to the Sacred Heart.

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