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BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. ANOINTING OF THE SICK PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/19/20

 In the anointing of the sick, the key elements to the sacrament are the anointings with the blessed oil upon the forehead and hands of the recipient by the priest while he says the words that ask for the “grace of the Holy Spirit” and that the Lord who ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. ANOINTING OF THE SICK: PART 2: THE RITE AND EFFECTS OF ANIOINTING

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/12/20

The ministry of healing is significant in the life and mission of Jesus Christ – both in his willing to give physical healing, and above all in his death and resurrection that offers us healing from sin.  Within his healing ministry is also the transformation of suffering from what ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 34. ANOINTING OF THE SICK PART 1: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/05/20

Having spent significant time looking at the sacrament of penance, we turn our attention to the other sacrament of healing:  anointing of the sick.  In beginning with the origins and history of the sacrament, it is noteworthy that the sacrament itself has been relatively unchanged in history, though its ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 33. TEMPORAL PUNISHMENTS AND INDULGENCES

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/28/20

 As we know, God desires to forgive us of sins (and we hopefully are seeking to forgive each other).  However, in many cases the forgiveness of a sin does not remove the damage done.  Whenever we sin there are wounds inflicted upon our own souls and those of others, ... Read More »

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 »

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