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The Prayer Without Ceasing: Part 20 Mini-Course on Prayer

November 15, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Mass, Mass, The Mass

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 20 – The Prayer Without Ceasing Editor's Note: in part 19, David Torkington discussed the importance of short, fervent prayers said throughout the day.  Today he reminds us of the centrality of that perfect prayer:  The Holy Mass, and our prayerful participation in it. The morning offering and its implementation, with which we should always begin our day, is not... Read More

What is a General Confession?

September 27, 2018 by  
Filed under Drafts, Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession

General Confession and Scrupulosity   Dear Father John: What is a general confession?  And, under what circumstances should one make a general confession?  Should a scrupulous person make a general confession? Thank you for your question.  I hope I can shed a little bit of light on the nature of general confession. What “General Confession” Refers to Usually, the term “general confession” refers to going to confession... Read More

The Eucharistic Jesus: A Mighty Healing Force Against the Devil

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The Eucharistic Jesus: A Mighty Healing Force Against the Devil An arrow that should be found in the quiver of an intercessor is the Eucharist. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.... Read More

Frequent Confession of Sin

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson in part 2 of a listener question and answer forum on frequent confession and the importance of confessing venial sins. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: Why does Venerable Pope Pius XII speak so strongly in favor of making frequent confessions of venial sin in his encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi? What is devotional confession? What is a reasonable request for confession? How often is “frequent”... Read More

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, not just a private act of... Read More

Sin and Confession

Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they answer questions from listeners about the sacrament of reconciliation. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What differentiates the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages of the interior life? Why must one go to confession if he or she is detached from habitual mortal and venial sin? What is the purpose or benefit of confessing venial sins frequently? What argument does Venerable... Read More

Receiving the Eucharist with Humility

How can we receive the Eucharist in the most holy way? Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with liturgy expert Christopher Carstens to discuss the humility necessary to receive the precious Body and Blood of our Lord during Mass. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: When receiving the Holy Eucharist, what is the best virtue to exhibit in order to become saintly? How does humility bring us into a more full participation... 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 may even become a cause of damnation... Read More

Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Presence of God – “The eternal tide flows hid in living bread. That with its heavenly life too be fed …” (John of the Cross, Poems). MEDITATION We have gone, step by step, in the course of the liturgical year, from the consideration of the mysteries of the life of Jesus to the contemplation of the Blessed Trinity, whose feast we celebrated last Sunday. Jesus, our Mediator, our Way, has taken us by... 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 the Dutch, I love it all. As an... Read More

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