- DWG1 - “What am I to do?” The Discernment of God’s Will in Everyday Decisions w/Fr. Timothy Gallagher
- Kris McGregorThis episode offers an overall introduction of the series by offering examples, both big and small, and the overall tools that will be used to come to the discernment of God's will in various situations. In particular, what do we do when deciding be…Read More
- CA-3 St. Thomas Aquinas - The Nobility of Sacred Doctrine - Christian Apologetics w/ Dr. R. R. Reno ep 3
- Kris McGregorEpisode 3- Whether sacred doctrine (theology) is nobler than other sciences?Read More
- BKL72 - "Who do you say that I am?" - Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff
- Kris McGregor"Who do you say that I am?" The Key to the New Evangelization and the importance of the Papacy Gospel MT 16:13-20 Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The…Read More
- DC26 St. Bernard of Clairvaux – The Doctors of the Church: The Charism of Wisdom w/ Dr. Matthew Bunson
- Kris McGregorDr. Matthew Bunson discusses the life, times and teachings of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Born: 1090, Fontaine-lès-Dijon, France Died: August 20, 1153, Clairvaux Abbey, France Books: Two-Fold Knowledge For more on St. Bernard of Clairvaux and hi…Read More
- RC#6 – Crusades Abroad and at Home - The Resilient Church with Mike Aquilina
- 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart
- Kris McGregorThe Sunday, Sunday, Sunday Podcast is a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart. Sunday Readings Reading 1 IS 56:1, 6-7 Responsorial Psalm PS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 Reading 2 ROM 11:13-15,…Read More
- The Prayer of the Hebrew Scriptures - Prayer in the Catechism with Fr. Benedict Groeschel
- Kris McGregorThe Prayer of the Hebrew Scriptures - Prayer in the Catechism with Fr. Benedict Groeschel The Prayer of the Hebrew Scriptures - . Fr. Groeschel discusses the experience of Abraham, Moses, the Maccabees. He shares the beauty of the Psalms. He sp…Read More
- SBN #2 Salvation Begins Now: Last Things First with Deacon James Keating - Death and Purgatory
- Kris McGregorEpisode 2 Salvation Begins Now: Last Things First - What is Death? Why do we fail to contemplate it's truth...why do we fear it? What is Purgatory? Why is there a need for final purgation? From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1030 Al…Read More
- St. Augustine of Hippo Novena Day 8
- Kris McGregorDay 8 St. Augustine has written: “I look forward, not to what lies ahead of me in this life and will surely pass away, but to my eternal goal. I am intent upon this one purpose, not distracted by other aims, and with this goal in view I press on, e…Read More
- Tuesday 21st Wk in Ordinary Time Yr II– Daily Reading and Reflection on the Gospel from the Mass
- Kris McGregoran excerpt from today's reflection by Don Schwager: Jesus used the example of tithing to show how far they had missed the mark. God had commanded a tithe of the first fruits of one's labor as an expression of thanksgiving and honor for his provide…Read More
- Prayer to Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Kris McGregorO Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer. As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son. Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you…Read More
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Confession to Priests
On this Faith Check let’s take a look at a common question: why confess your sins to a priest instead of straight to God?
First, Catholics are encouraged to privately confess our sins to God all the time and every single Mass begins with a penitential rite in which we do exactly this.
Still we should regularly go to the sacrament of confession or reconciliation. Remember that in the Old Testament a Hebrew was to publicly go to the temple and offer a sacrifice for his sin. In John 20, our Lord gives the apostles authority to forgive sins in his name, when He breathed the Holy Spirit on them and said “whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” 1 In 2 Corinthians Paul also notes that the apostles are Christ’s ambassadors who have been given the ministry of reconciliation.2
Early Christian records show that the early Church always understood this according to the Catholic view3:those who sinned gravely after baptism could be reconciled to the Church through confession to the priests, who do not stand as barriers to Christ, but as his ambassadors, who lovingly take us by the hand and restore us to grace after we have fallen.
1 - Jn. 20:23
2 - 5:18-20
3 – See Catholic Answers website on subject: http://www.catholic.com/library/Confession.asp