- Sobornost - Catherine Doherty "The falling in love with God"
- Kris McGregorCatherine Doherty addresses the Eastern Catholic Charismatic Renewal conference in 1979. Her subject is sobornost, a Russian term, translatable as "unity". "Faith is the father of love, faith is the father of hope also, and its in faith, and fait…Read More
- Fourth Sunday of Advent - 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 from the USCCB Reading 1 2 sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Responsorial Psalm ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 2…Read More
- Faith Contemplates the Advent Mystery Because He Leads into Captivity All Powers by Dr. Anthony Lilles
- Kris McGregorAn excerpt: Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity helps us open our hearts to the coming of Christ. On the twelfth day of her Last Retreat, she offers a reflection on "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us." Jesus has come to give us peace through…Read More
- AR-SP2- THE GIFT OF HOLINESS AT CHRISTMAS w/ Fr. Mauritius Wilde O.S.B., PhD.
- Kris McGregorThis reflection was given during a special advent evening of prayer and meditation service at St. Margaret Mary’s Church, in Omaha, NE on December 16. Fr.Mauritius was joined by Deacon James Keating PhD. This if the second of two talksRead More
- AR-SP1 - THE GIFT OF HOLINESS AT CHRISTMAS w/ Deacon James Keating Ph.D.
- Kris McGregorThis reflection was given during a special advent evening of prayer and meditation service at St. Margaret Mary's Church, in Omaha, NE on December 16. Deacon Keating was joined by Fr. Mauritius Wilde OSB. This if the first of two talks.Read More
- RN-3 - Value # 3 – Look , Judge, Act - Regnum Novum w/ Omar Gutierrez
- Kris McGregor3. Look, Judge, Act Blessed Pope John XXIII gave us this practical suggestion in his letter Mater et magistra. The Social Doctrine provides us with principles for reflection, criteria for judgment, and directives for action. Social justice is sup…Read More
- USCCA3 - Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature - U. S. Catholic Catechism for Adults w/ Arch. George Lucas
- Kris McGregorArchbishop Lucas offers insights on the US Catholic Catechism for Adults Chapter 3: Blessed John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council itself illustrate how the Church constantly draws upon Tradition and Sacred Scripture. This chapter examines…Read More
- ROF#1 - Witnesses to Tradition - Roots of the Faith with Mike Aquilina
- Kris McGregorWitnesses to Tradition. A grand overview of Church tradition as passed down to us by the Fathers of the Church...it's scope and relevance for our lives today!Read More
- The Examen Prayer - A video and audio guided reflection for daily use
- Kris McGregorThe Examen can be done anytime of the day, but it is highly recommended for midday and the close of the evening. Transition: Become aware of the love with which God looks upon me as I begin this examen. Gratitude. Note the gifts that God’s lo…Read More
- O Oriens (O Radiant Dawn)
- AR#6 - Advent Reflections with Deacon James Keating Ph.D.
- Kris McGregorOne of our greatest sufferings as Christians, is our own impatience with ourselves. We want to be good and holy immediately. St. Francis de Sales said “Have patience with all things. But chiefly, have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage, in c…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