In Defense of Confession


503. What is confession?

Confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ by which those who fall into sin after baptism may be restored to God’s grace. Confession is called the sacrament of penance because it supposes that the recipient is truly repentant of his sins. It involves the admission of one’s sins made to a duly approved priest in order to obtain absolution.

504. On what scriptural authority does the Catholic Church base its prac­tice of confession?

On the promise of Christ, as recorded in Matthew 16, that he would give the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the power of binding and loosing to his apostles and the Church. And again, on the fulfillment of that promise, with specific reference to absolution from sin, as recorded in John 20:23. There we are told that, having breathed upon the apostles, Christ said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” By those words he gave the power to the official representatives of the Church of forgiving or not forgiving sin as they judged fit; and promised to sanction and ratify their decision.

From In Defense of Confession by Fr. Leslie Rumble. To continue reading this article click here.

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Octave of Easter


Sunday is the octave of Easter, which commemorates the eighth day after Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. An octave is a repetition, but a repetition with difference. It’s not the first note played again, but the first note at a higher pitch.

Octaves mark new beginnings in the Bible. The octave is rooted in creation: After the Lord God strums his six-plus-one song of creation, the cycle begins again with the day after the Sabbath, a first day which is also an eighth. Fittingly, Hebrew boys were circumcised on the eighth day. Firstborn animals were dedicated to Yahweh on the eighth day after birth. Aaron entered the priesthood on the eighth day. Lepers, men with discharges, women with flows of blood were cleansed on the eighth day. The temple dedication climaxed with a solemn assembly on the eighth day.

From Easter Raised an Octave by Peter J. Leithart. To continue reading please click here.

Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

What will the years ahead bring us? What will man’s future on earth be like? We are not given to know. However, it is certain that in addition to new progress there will unfortunately be no lack of painful experiences. But the light of divine mercy, which the Lord in a way wished to return to the world through Sr Faustina’s charism, will illumine the way for the men and women of the third millennium.

From the Canonization Homily of St. Faustina, St. Pope John Paul II, 30 April 2000. Complete text

Prayer of St. Ambrose before Mass

fulton sheen mass jerusalemLord, Jesus Christ,
I approach your banquet table
in fear and trembling,
for I am a sinner,
and dare not rely on my own worth
but only on your goodness and mercy.
I am defiled by many sins
in body and soul,
and by my unguarded thoughts and words.
Gracious God of majesty and awe,
I seek your protection,
I look for your healing;
Poor troubled sinner that I am,
I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy.
I cannot bear your judgment,
but I trust in your salvation.
Lord, I show my wounds to you.
I know my sins are many and great,
and they fill me with fear,
but I hope in your mercies,
for they cannot be numbered.
Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and man,
crucified for mankind,
look upon me with mercy and hear my prayer,
for I trust in you.
Have mercy on me,
full of sorrow and sin,
for the depth of your compassion never ends.
Praise to you, saving sacrifice,
offered on the wood of the cross for me
and for all mankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood,
flowing from the wounds of my crucified
Lord Jesus Christ
and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord, your creature,
whom you have redeemed with your blood.
I repent my sins,
and I long to put right what I have done.
Merciful Father, take away
all my offenses and sins;
purify me in body and soul,
and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies.
May your body and blood,
which I intend to receive,
although I am unworthy,
be for me the remission of my sins,
the washing away of my guilt,
the end of my evil thoughts,
and the rebirth of my better instincts.
May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you
and profitable to my health in body and soul,
and be a firm defense
against the wiles of my enemies. Amen.