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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 question, it seems... 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 a good examination of conscience... 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 is the necessary matter of this... Read More

Awakening The Awareness of the Divine in Your Life

Join Dan Burke and guest host, Stephanie Burke, as they speak with Fr. William Watson about awakening the awareness of The Divine in your life. Topics/Questions Covered in the Show: What is the purpose of the Forty Weeks book and retreat? How will an emphasis on confession and self-examination assist one in his or her journey to God? How was St. Ignatius awakened to God's presence in his life? What is the idea behind The Whole-Life... Read More

The Saints, Confession & Hearing God’s Voice

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, DI Radio, Penance/Confession, Show Notes

Description: Today, Dan and Melissa answer your questions about the saints, confession, and hearing God's voice. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do some images of the saints include skulls? How does God speak to us? Should we expect Him to speak to us audibly or through life events? Why do we need to confess our sins to a priest? Resources for this week’s show: Spiritualdirection.com – website EWTN Global Catholic... Read More

Spiritual Direction and Confession

September 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction and Confession   Dear Father John, While I agree in consistency in spiritual direction, I would like to hear your “take” on spiritual direction and its connections to Confession. I do have a spiritual director I see once a month, but a confessor I see weekly. There are aspects of reconciliation that are spiritual direction, and I've shared some of those with my SD, who is also a priest, but... Read More

Receiving God’s Mercy – Mercy Mission (Part II of III)

Receiving God's Mercy Mercy Mission (Part II of III) Today, we bring you part two of the “Mercy Mission” Father Michael Najim preached before Holy Week, which focuses on receiving and experiencing God's mercy. As a bonus, a beautiful Ignatian-style guided meditation is included as part of this talk as well. In part one, Father Najim reflected on What is Mercy? For part two of this “Mercy Mission”, Father... Read More

What if I Told You this New Year’s Resolution to Take Some Weight Off?

What if I Told You This New Year's Resolution to Take Some Weight Off? I live less than a mile from the most popular Fitness Center in Butte County here in Northern California – In Motion Fitness, and as the New Year is suddenly upon us, I am seeing that annual overflow of traffic that comes with everyone’s “New Year’s resolution”. Who has not made that January 1st commitment to shed the holiday pounds? What typically... Read More

From Sorrow to Joy: Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confession

September 5, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mercy, Penance/Confession, Retreat Guides

FROM SORROW TO JOY: A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, From Sorrow to Joy: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confession, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. When the devil tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he directly contradicted something that God had told them. God had told them that eating the forbidden fruit would cause them to die. But the devil... Read More

Reconciliation

June 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Penance/Confession, Sacraments

RECONCILIATION Dear Father John, During the sacrament of reconciliation, they say that the priest is “in persona Christi”, meaning, if I understand correctly, that it is really Christ that is acting through him. If so, how come the priest cannot understand if I say my sins in my own language that he doesn't know? Surely Christ knows every language, since prayers are translated. Thank you for your interesting and astute... Read More

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