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I Must Confess! I Cannot . . . Confess.

In 2nd grade, most Catholics learn about and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation which is more commonly known as “going to confession”. But it is so much more than just confessing our sins.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1424), it is called the sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: “Be reconciled to God.” He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.”

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There are three parts to this sacrament:

  1. Contrition
  2. Confession  
  3. Satisfaction

But here’s the thing, I’m a sinner. I sin all the time.  Not just venial sins either. I’m talking about the big 10! Mortal sins. Breaking Commandments.  And not just one Commandment. Several.  Well, two . . . off the top of my head.

So now that I recognize these sins {both venial and mortal}, why haven’t I moved on to step 2 of confession? Because contrition is not only the examination of our conscience, it is the conversion of our heart: sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again (CCC 1451). There’s the kicker! Resolution not to sin again. That’s the part that gets me.

Okay, why don’t I go ahead and confess the sins I know I have no intention of committing again {which happen to be the mortal sins} and wait to confess the others? Because it doesn’t work that way. We cannot receive absolution (satisfaction) while withholding some of our sins. It’s all or nothing!

“When Christ’s faithful strive to confess all the sins that they can remember, they undoubtedly place all of them before the divine mercy for pardon. But those who fail to do so and knowingly withhold some, place nothing before the divine goodness for remission through the mediation of the priest, “for if the sick person is too ashamed to show his wound to the doctor, the medicine cannot heal what it does not know.” – CCC, 1456

Sure, the CCC also says that we don’t need to confess venial sins. {Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. -CCC 1458} Strongly recommended. But right now, I cannot in good conscience receive absolution and the Eucharist even though they are just venial sins. {*Sigh*} So I’ll continue to receive a blessing at Mass and pray that God grants me resolution needed for conversion of heart.

Daily Mass Readings, August 12-17

Week of August 12-17.  Print and place this on the refrigerator or fold it in your bible for easy access to the daily Mass readings according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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August 12-17

Click here to download a printable PDF or here to open in Google Docs.

Daily Mass Readings, July 29-August 3

Week of July 28-August 3.  Print and place this on the refrigerator or fold it in your bible for easy access to the daily Mass readings according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Daily Mass Reading July 29-August 3

July 29-August 3

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When the Devil Takes Control

It has been over a month since my last post.  It has been over a month since I last studied Catholicism or anything related.  I see things on Pinterest that read or repin.  I have come up with some new ideas for my Catechism class next school year.  I have read the daily reading on my YouVersion app most days.  I keep buying books to read.  They’re stacking up on my counter-top.  But that’s as far as they get.

A few months ago, I read part of a book called The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly.  This book states that we should continue to read and study Catholicism in order to be included in the VERY small percentage of dynamic Catholics in our religion today.  I agree with this 100%.

So why have I stopped reading, researching, and posting? One explanation.  The devil has taken control.  Every time I think about reading or posting, I think to myself, “Ugh, not now.  I’ll do it later.”  And I haven’t done it yet.  It’s amazing how easy it becomes for the devil to slip right on in and affect us.

I’ve decided that today I will regain control of my religious education.  Satan will have no more power over my desire to learn, live and love my Catholic faith.

The Profession of the Christian Faith

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section Two
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son,
our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell; the third day
He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits at
the right hand of God the Father
almighty, from thence He shall come
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body
and life everlasting.
Amen.

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

I believe one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
one in Being with the Father.
Through Him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation,
He came down from heaven: by the
power of the Holy Spirit He was
born of the Virgin Mary,
and became Man.

For our sake He was crucified
under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered, died, and was buried.

On the third day He rose again
in fulfillment of the Scriptures;

He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the
Father. He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and His kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the Giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and
the Son. With the Father and the Son
He is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic,
and apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one Baptism
for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

May God bless you today and always,
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