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August 2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

August 2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 30. CONTRITION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/31/20

Throughout the considerations of the sacrament of penance there have been references to three acts of the penitent (the person going to confession) within the sacramental rite.  The first of these three acts is that the penitent must have “contrition.”  What is meant by the word contrition and why ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 29. PENANCE: PART 5: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 2 – GENERAL ABSOLUTION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/24/20

Having responded to the question of “why” we need to confess to a priest (and how going straight to God, while it is encouraged, does not assure us of being forgiven), another important issue surrounding confession is the use of the sacrament for large gatherings of people and whether ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 29. PENANCE: PART 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 1 – WHY DO WE NEED TO GO TO A PRIEST?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/17/20

Our consideration of the sacrament of penance has shown that the power to forgive sins by the Church comes from Jesus, who directly bestowed this power upon the apostles and their successors.  Accordingly, the power to forgive sins resides within those who are ordained as bishops and priests by ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 29. PENANCE: PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/10/20

Having looked at the rite of penance and how it is the confessed sins themselves that make the words of absolution spoken over the “penitent” (that is, the person making the confession) by the priest effective, we are already shown key details about both the minister and recipient of ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 29. PENANCE: PART 2: THE RITE AND THE EFFECTS OF THE SACRAMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/03/20

Picking up from the installment on the origins and history of the sacrament of penance, looking at the ritual and effects of this sacrament touches upon the two basic truths, that sin divides us from God and others and that Jesus gave the power to forgive sin to the ... Read More »

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