Reconcile Yourself to Resurrection!

When a Catholic comes from Confession, he does truly, by definition, step out again into that dawn of his own beginning. . .The accumulations of time can no longer terrify. He may be grey and gouty; but he is only five minutes old. - G.K. Chesterton

And be renewed!I'll be there, tomorrow, please join me! It has been two months since my last confession, and more than past-time for me to again avail myself of the soul-settling power and grace of this sacrament.And this confession will include -- among my copious other sins large and small -- "I yelled at a guy on the radio and was full of anger and uncharity, when I really did know better, but nobody steps on a nun in my town..." and "I went to Mass unwillingly because sometimes, … [Read more...]

Calah puts period and exclamation point to Hell Week

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I do believe that with this piece by Calah Alexander, we can put our unintentional Week of Hell Writing to bed. Pretty sure Calah has nailed it:A few years ago, about two years after my conversion to Catholicism, a chance conversation with friends led me face-to-face with the realization that I could actually go to hell.You’ll appreciate the novelty of this idea more if you understand that being raised Evangelical, I had understood from an early age that I was saved. Hell as a reality f … [Read more...]

Jesus and the Hemorrhagic Woman: Accountability and Thanksgiving

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Today's Gospel reading (Mark 5:21-43) tells us of Jairus' plea to Jesus, that he go to his sick little girl, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”Oh, that spoke to me; on a snowy, cold morning, with the arthritis screaming, I read that and thought, "me too, that I may move!"Along the way to Jairus' home, we read what is (for me, anyway) one of the richest and most powerful stories of Christ's healings:There was a wom … [Read more...]

Separating Ego from Election – UPDATED

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Our Year of Faith topics page, which is currently being sponsored by the Norbertine Nuns Capital Campaign, is featuring an usual piece for this election day, in that it is written by a Baptist, not a Catholic, a man who has been feeling fear and despair throughout this election season.November 4, the first Sunday of the month, was Communion Sunday, with Deacons assisting. Not me, yet. I'm a deacon-in-training, a process that takes a year. In any case, I'm supposed to be focused on the … [Read more...]

Fanning My Bright Red Sin

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My latest column at The Catholic Answer is showing up about now, and as we're in Holy Week, it's a timely reminder that confession is good for the soul:The memory still stings: there I was, age 7, the veteran of a splendidly moving and memorable first holy Communion and graced with an oddball love of the Sacrament of Confession in all of its velvet-curtained-sliding-screen ambiance, planning to steal a toy “ladies fan” from a candy store, simply to see if I could.The fan was red, and I h … [Read more...]

Peace of Mind, Distractions, Forgiveness?

Matt Emerson writes today of Peace of Mind. Why don't we have it? Do we really need it? What brings it?Of late, however, I've been unsettled less by the headlines and more by the trepidation of friends and family. I've sensed a growing unease and a strident wish to know when and by what means the economy gets fixed.At root, I sense a desire for peace of mind.But the cure we seek may never come. Gas prices may continue to rise, housing prices may continue to drop, and a second recession … [Read more...]

iConfess video contest

A few weeks ago, marveling at the sad, guilty dog, I wrote about the Brooklyn Diocese's video scholarship contest:In an effort to help promote New York’s All Day Confessions event, happening Monday April 18th, The Diocese of Brooklyn in conjunction with both the Archdiocese of New York and Diocese of Rockville Centre are launching a grassroots digital campaign called i-Confess. Using both social and digital media, the goal of this campaign is to generate interest in the act of Confession t … [Read more...]

iPhone Confession; Verdicts Via NPR, Protestants

A few days ago I wrote about the new confession prep app developed by two priest and approved by the Bishop of Fort Wayne.While I thought the tool could be a terrific aid in the examination of conscience, I also worried that -- despite repeated declarations that the app did not constitute a confession, or dispense absolution, that it did not preclude the need to go to confession -- some would go through the app process and decide that, click, click, click, they had pretty much taken care of … [Read more...]

iPhone for Lent: A Confession App? – UPDATED

Gabriel Malor sent this my way, with the note: "very cool!"Catholic Church OK New Confession App for iPhone.An iPhone app aimed at helping Catholics through confession and encouraging lapsed followers back to the faith has been sanctioned by the Catholic Church in the United States.Well, no, that's an extremely misleading headline and lede. The "Catholic Church" has not approved the app; Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Diocese of Fort Wayne in Indiana, has given his imprimatur, though. … [Read more...]


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