- WOM#18 - The Gift of Grace - The Way of Mystery w/ Deacon James Keating
- Divine Friendship - The Model of St. Martha with Msgr. John Esseff
- Kris McGregorSt. Martha is a particular favorite of Msgr. Esseff. He explores the profound experience of friendship that we can have with Jesus. He shares a poignant personal experience to highlight this point.Read More
- MC5 - Praying with Scripture: Christian Contemplation and Mediation in the Ignatian tradition w/Fr. Timothy Gallagher
- Kris McGregorFr. Gallagher continues to discuss the differences and benefits of meditation and contemplation - the cornerstones of Ignatius of Loyola’s spiritual practice.Read More
- IP#179 Vinny Flynn - 21 Ways to Worship on Inside the Pages
- Kris McGregorIt was a delight to once again have a conversation with Vinny Flynn, who has authored "21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration". Short and to the point, the meditations brought forward by Vinny are packed with aids to help us deepen…Read More
- Faith Check 26 - Sacramentals with Greg Youell
- Greg YouellIn the minds of non-Catholics, Catholicism often conjures images of Catholic stuff: candles, crucifixes, rosaries, statues, holy water, oils, and the like. These are called sacramentals—not to be confused with the seven sacraments, they are material…Read More
- DC23 St. Anslem pt 1 – The Doctors of the Church: The Charism of Wisdom w/ Dr. Matthew Bunson
- Kris McGregorBorn: 1033, Aosta, Italy Died: April 21, 1109, Canterbury, United Kingdom Full name: Anselmo d'Aosta Books: Proslogion, MoreRead More
- 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday, Sunday, Sunday with Mark Hart
- Kris McGregora reflection on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings presented by LifeTeen.com and hosted by Mark Hart. Reading 1 1 KGS 3:5, 7-12 Responsorial Psalm PS 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130 Reading 2 ROM 8:28-30 Gospel MT 13:44-52 Jes…Read More
- CA-1 Introduction - St. Thomas Aquinas - Christian Apologetics with Dr. R. R. Reno ep 1
- Kris McGregorEpisode 1 - What is Christian Apologetics? Who was St. Thomas Aquinas, his life, his times, and his contribution. What is "theology"? What is the "Summa"? Reply to Objection 2: Sciences are differentiated according to the various means through…Read More
- Novena to St. Alphonsus Liguori Day 8
- Kris McGregorDay 8 St. Alphonsus you have said:St.-Alphonsus-8 "Loving souls can find no greater delight than to be in the company of those whom they love. If we, then, love Jesus Christ much, behold we are now in his presence. Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament…Read More
- St. Ignatius of Loyola Novena Day 9
- Kris McGregorFrom the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola:St.-Ignatius-9 I recommend that virtue to you which includes all others, and which our Lord so greatly praised by calling it His great commandment: "This is My commandment that you love one another" (Joh…Read More
- Novena to St. Alphonsus Liguori Day 7
- Kris McGregorDay 7 St. Alphonsus you have said:St.-Alphonsus-7 The more a person loves God, the more reason he has to hope in Him. This hope produces in the Saints an unutterable peace, which they preserve even in adversity, because as they love God, and kn…Read More
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Confession is Good Medicine
Script 16 – Confession is Good Medicine
A trip to the doctor’s office can be a scary thing, but it’s often necessary to go there to get the healing and treatment that we need.
Likewise, going to the confessional can be intimidating, but it’s often the very thing that we need to get us back on the pathway to the Lord.
While we should also privately repent of our sins to God, Jesus instituted the sacrament of reconciliation or penance for our own good. Statistics show that Catholic populations have historically had lower rates of suicide and depression than non-Catholics, which many psychologists attribute directly to the healthy practice of vocally confessing one’s sins.
Few things can be as liberating as getting all of the junk from our lives out there on the table. The priest stands as Christ’s representative whose words of absolution, “I forgive you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” act as a sweet healing balm upon our souls. Priests are not their to scold you, but to offer healing and a fresh start.
So be not afraid, come unload your burdens before the Lord in confession today.