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What to Tell a Priest in a Devotional Confession

How do you speak with a priest in Confession when you do a devotional confession and he says that you don't need to mention past sins as they are already forgiven? I assume that you mean by “devotional confession” going to confession even if you have no mortal sins on your conscience. Many spiritual writers will refer to that as “frequent confession,” since it is still a sacramental encounter,... Read More

Let Us Prepare for Union

Let Us Prepare for Union   Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that I may derive great profit from the grace of union with You, which You offer me daily in Holy Communion. MEDITATION The Eucharist unites us to Christ directly; this physical union is the same for all who partake of His Body and Blood. However, it does not produce the same effects in everyone. This is so true that the Sacrament... Read More

Gentle Evangelization

    “How beautiful you are, my friend, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are doves behind your veil… Like a scarlet strand, your lips, and your mouth—lovely! Like pomegranate halves, your cheeks behind your veil.” Songs 4:1,3       I'm a frequent visitor of art museums. From modern minimalism, to rococo ornamentation, to the still-life portraits of... Read More

The Sacrament of Union

The Sacrament of Union Presence of God – O Jesus, You who nourish me with Your Body and Blood, grant that I may live by You, live of Your Life. MEDITATION In His discourse on the “Bread of Life,” Jesus Himself spoke of the Eucharist as the Sacrament of our union with Him. “He that eateth My Flesh and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me and I in him” (John 6:57). It is a true interpenetration:... Read More

Should I Still Go to Confession if I Have Nothing to Confess?

Dear Father John, I recently heard someone mention the term “devotional confession.” I think this is what I need, but I am not sure what it really is. Is this the kind of confession we do when we are no longer living with habitual mortal or venial sins? Is this where we re-confess old sins to gain the benefit of the sacrament? But if it is, isn’t that scrupulosity? Any guidance will be appreciated. Your... Read More

Confessing Our Sins Opens the Way to Holiness

Sins

Confessing Our Sins Opens the Way to Holiness Lent is the time of year when God obligates us to prepare our hearts and to purify our souls so that we are ready to receive Our Lord in His glorious coming at Easter. There’s no time to delay. The Bible says, “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). During this season, every day we should try to make... Read More

Confession

Confession   Presence of God – At the foot of Your Cross, O Jesus, I confess my sins. Pour over me Your Precious Blood that it may purify my soul. MEDITATION Penance is the sacrament of Christ’s Precious Blood in which God—according to the eloquent words of St. Catherine of Siena—“has bathed us in order to cleanse the face of our souls from the leprosy of sin.” If mortal sin only... Read More

Ten Practical Steps to a Sanctified Life

Let us turn to some practical aids that can encourage us to establish a strong spiritual life. This is by no means an exhaustive list; rather, it’s simply a starting point for your own exploration. And realize, too, that you won’t achieve these all in one week or even one month — and you’re not supposed to. As St. Philip Neri says, “One should not wish to become a saint in four days but... Read More

Some Babies Cry when a Cross Touches Their Forehead at Baptism: Why?

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Baptism, Fr. Bartunek, Sacraments

  Dear Father John, I like to ask you something. I am a protestant minister and I realized that sometimes when I have baptized a child they scream when I put a cross on their forehead and then calm down after they have been baptized. I just wonder what makes some babies cry when a cross touches their forehead?” This is an interesting question, especially since you have identified what seems... Read More

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Challenges, Contemplation, Dan Burke, Pope, Prayer

Spiritual Progress, Contemplation, & Papal Questions   Description: Today Dan and Melissa answer your questions about hindrances to our spiritual progress, the meaning of contemplative prayer, and our responsibility in dealing with matters involving the papacy. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What sorts of problems hinder our spiritual progress? What moves God to bring us closer to... Read More

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