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Unburden Yourself – The Gifts of Confession and Forgiveness

Many of our personal woes are driven by anxieties that seem to us to be inescapable or unmanageable. We deal with the boss that demands a project on a Friday night that is due on Monday morning, after he promised you the day off at that particular Monday; the co-worker that uses the idea that […]

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Seven Tips for a good confession, from a saint and spiritual guide

St. Francis de Sales wants you to get to the heart of your sins. Saying “I have not loved God as I ought” is not enough. “My child, never allow your heart to abide heavy with sin, seeing that there is so sure and safe a remedy at hand.” This is the advice of St. […]

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I Confess…My Thoughts

I’m Okay.  I’m Not So Sure About You or the Others… “But I’m a good person. I try to live the right way and not do anything immoral, illegal or dishonest. Heck, I’m living my life better than a lot of people I know.” These probably are pretty common thoughts.  But how accurate are they? […]

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10 Tips from priests for a better Confession

Aleteia: Have you ever left the confessional wondering, “Did I do that right?” I wish I could hear other people’s confessions. Don’t worry, I’m not bugging the confessionals in the convent. I just think I would learn something from hearing how others go about it. I’ve been partaking of the Sacrament of Penance for several […]

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Pope Francis Surprises Thousands of Teens in St. Peter’s Square by Hearing Confession

We imagine the intro: “Hi, I’m Francis. My friends used to call me Jorge; did you know this is his feastday? Let’s slay some dragons — tell me your confession …” [Aleteia]VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis surprised thousands of teenagers in St. Peter’s Square by personally hearing confessions for more than an hour Saturday morning. […]

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The Devotion of Father Solanus Casey

Thank God ahead of time.  This sentence nearly leapt off the page of a thin book of collected quotes by Father Solanus Casey that I purchased at the St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit.  I was a young college student, and my faith was in its springtime as I embraced my singlehood to grow and mature […]

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Hey Future Husband, I’m A Sinner. How Are You?

“Look at all these sinners.” My friend sent me that text earlier today as I stood in line for confession, attached was a picture he took of me standing in the line across from him waiting to enter the confessional. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the text. It’s true, I am a […]

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In ‘Review’ of Life, Bad Events Disappear after Repentance

There is nothing of this earth worth a hurtful word. When we die, we will relive what we thought, said, and did. Take it from RaNalle Wallace, who nearly died in 1985 during the crash of a small plane in Utah. We are always careful with near-death accounts. There are often elements that we have […]

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Late have I loved you . . .

O Eternal truth, true love and beloved eternity. You are my God. To you do I sigh day and night. When I first came to know you, you drew me to yourself so that I might see that there were things for me to see, but that I myself was not yet ready to see […]

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Return to your heart and hold fast to Him

If physical things please you, then praise God for them, but turn back your love to Him who created them, lest in the things that please you, you displease Him. If souls please you, love them in God; for in themselves they are changeable, but in Him they are firmly established. Without Him they pass […]

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