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2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 32. HOW TO MAKE A GOOD CONFESSION: PART 2: TIPS FOR MAKING A GOOD CONFESSION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/21/20

In this installment, all that has been shown as essential to receiving the sacrament of penance will be applied in some practical tips of what to do and what not to do in going to confession.

We have considered how there are three essential acts of the person going ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 32. HOW TO MAKE A GOOD CONFESSION: PART 1: MAKING AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCEINCE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/14/20

In every sacrament, the value of preparation to receive that which the Lord Jesus offers to us cannot be underestimated.  Regarding the sacrament of penance, fitting preparation to make a good confession takes the form of an “examination of conscience,” wherein one looks honestly at what they have done ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 31. CONFESSION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/08/20

Having looked at contrition as the first of three acts of the penitent when going to confession, we now look at the second and central act of the penitent:  confessing of sins to the priest.  In looking at this act of confessing, we consider two important elements:  the making ... Read More »

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 »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 29. PENANCE: PART 1: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/27/20

Central to the saving works of God is the truth that sin (beginning in the original sin of Adam) has put us against God. Consequently, the “debt of sin” needed to be repaid for us to be reconciled to God.  Jesus Christ, in His offering of Himself as God ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 28: HOLY COMMUNION PART 3: WHO OUGHT TO RECEIVE?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/24/20

Having looked at preparation to receive Holy Communion and the proper way of receiving, we turn our attention to who “ought” to receive – noting that this topic is more specific than who “can” receive.

Recall that the minimum requirement in The Code of Canon Law for receiving Holy ... Read More »

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