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- Kris McGregorThis episode offers a instruction on how important it is to allow God to guide us not only in the big discernments of life, but also the decisions we make everyday.Read More
- IP#264 - Elizabeth Ficocelli - "Therese, Faustina, and Bernadette" on Inside the Pages
- Kris McGregor"Therese, Faustina and Bernadette: Three Saints Who Challenged My Faith, Gave Me Hope, and Taught Me How to Love" ties beautifully together the theological virtues (faith, hope, and love) and shows us how they are particularly lived out in the lives…Read More
- CA-4 St. Thomas Aquinas - Is Theology a Form of Wisdom? - Christian Apologetics w/ Dr. R. R. Reno ep 4
- IP#263 Trent Horn - Answering Atheism on Inside the Pages
- Kris McGregor"Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity" is a compassionately engaging and Trent-Hornintellectually-savvy response to the attacks on the existence of God. Trent Horn is a welcomed fresh voice in the forum of Catholic…Read More
- The Dilemma of the Workaholic - An Unexpected Take on a Parable w/Msgr. John Esseff
- Kris McGregorMsgr. Esseff speaks of our "5 Talents" and the dangers for the "workaholic". He offers Bl. Teresa of Calcutta and St. Pio as outstanding examples of the authentic Christian response to the Master's request.Read More
- 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
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- Novena to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Day 6
- Novena to Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta Day 5
- Kris McGregorFifth Day – Our Lady Will Help You Thought for the day: “Confidence in God can do all things. It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our plenitude’” Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in God’s power and love for…Read More
- September - Our Lady of Sorrows
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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