- BTP-LR7 The "Last Retreat" Day 7 pt. 1 - Beginning to Pray with Dr. Anthony Lilles
- Kris McGregorBeginning to Pray: "The Last Retreat - Day 7 pt 1 " - “That is the condition: we must be dead! ” From "Last Retreat Day 7 pt 1" found in The Complete Works vol 1: 17. “Coeli enarrant gloriam Dei.” 101 This is what the heavens are telling: the glo…Read More
- CTD#5 – "Leaving the Desert" - Crossing the Desert: Lent and Conversion with Deacon James Keating
- Kris McGregorCTD#5 – "Leaving the Desert" - Crossing the Desert: Lent and Conversion with Deacon James Keating "Celebrating the sacrament of reconciliation is, for many Catholics, a most daunting prospect. This sacrament has been the source of many jokes, co…Read More
- RN15 - St. Pope John XXIII - Mater et Magistra (Mother and Teacher) from "the healer" – Regnum Novum w/ Omar Gutierrez
- Kris McGregorEpisode 15- Regnum Novum: Bringing forth the New Evangelization through Catholic Social Teaching with Omar Gutierrez - Blessed John XXIII - Mater et Magistra Blessed Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (25 November 1881 – 3 June 196…Read More
- BTP-LR6 The "Last Retreat" Day 6 - Beginning to Pray with Dr. Anthony Lilles
- Kris McGregorBeginning to Pray: "The Last Retreat - Day 6 " - “That is the condition: we must be dead! ” From "Last Retreat Day 6" found in The Complete Works vol 1: 16. What a going out from self that implies! What a death! Let us say with St. Paul, “Quotidi…Read More
- CTD#4 – "The Desert of Sin" - Crossing the Desert: Lent and Conversion with Deacon James Keating
- Kris McGregor"Any moral conversion, if it is to be real, must work its way into our minds and hearts. The conversion we undergo is one that transforms our entire person, and so our thought processes, habits, perceptions, and affections all become realigned to a…Read More
- RN14 - Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII - Catholic Social Doctrine proclaimed in turbulent times – Regnum Novum w/ Omar Gutierrez
- Kris McGregorEpisode 14- Regnum Novum: Bringing forth the New Evangelization through Catholic Social Teaching with Omar Gutierrez - Pope Pius XI and "QUADRAGESIMO ANNO" , Pope Pius XII and the Radio Addresses. Pope Pius XI (31 May 1857 – 10 Februar…Read More
- IP#160 Dr. Kevin Vost - Three Irish Saints on Inside the Pages
- Kris McGregorIt was a delight to talk once again to Dr. Kevin Vost. In his new book Three Irish Saints: A Guide to Finding Your Spiritual Style, he brings forward of 3 incredible saints who can help us bring about a greater awareness of ourselves, as well as bri…Read More
- St. Patrick, the apostle of Ireland... In Conversation with Dr. Philip Freeman
- Kris McGregorJoin Bruce and I as we discuss with Dr. Philip Freeman, PhD, author of "St. Patrick of Ireland", the life of this great saint. A reading from the Confession of St Patrick (Conf 34,36,37,38,39) "I give thanks to my God tirelessly who kept me fai…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