Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession Reply

There’s nothing like a good confession to start of Lent.

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Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession o{]:¬)

We should…

1) …examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;
2) …wait our turn in line patiently;
3) …come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end;
4) …speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard;
5) …state our sins clearly and briefly without rambling;
6) …confess all mortal sins in number and kind;
7) …listen carefully to the advice the priest gives;
8) …confess our own sins and not someone else’s;
9) …carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it;
10) …use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable;
11) …never be afraid to say something “embarrassing”… just say it;
12) …never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks…. he is usually impressed by our courage;

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The Penitent Magdalene and the Way to True Conversion of Heart 12

By Fr Jason Smith

I have found no better representation of conversion and penance in art than The Penitent Magdalene, by George de la Tour. Though simple, it expresses the essential elements behind every conversion, and we can find in it powerful lessons to apply to our own life. Let’s take a closer look.

The Penitent Magdalen, George de la Tour


“See, I Told You She Would Come.” Interview with Someone Who Knew an Eyewitness at Fatima 1

Things become old much too quickly.

Imagine my delight, then, when last Friday I met someone who told me his Grandmother was present on October 13, 1917 at Fatima; she was personally present at the moment when the sun danced and fell out of the sky.

Suddenly Fatima jumped out of history like the sun did that day and became relevant and modern to me. More…

Why I Stand with the Legionaries of Christ

I wish I had a better picture to show how packed the room was with Legionary Fathers and Brothers at my doctoral defense. I will never forget that.

This weekend I really wanted to write a personal testimony entitled “Why I Stand with the Legionaries of Christ.”

I had already begun writing it when I found this video posted on my Facebook Timeline More…

“We the People”: Missing the Point about Missing the Point about Missing the Point. Thanks but No Thanks. Reply

If you signed the “We the People” petition asking the White House to rescind the HHS Free Contraception, Sterilizations, and Abortifacient Drugs (paid for by all U.S. employers) Mandate, you likely got back an email response, like the one below, in your inbox sometime last week. As their thoughtful response appears a little one-sided, I’ve added a brief point-for-point commentary at the end of each section. More…

Statements U.S. Bishops Have Posted on the Unjust HHS Contraception/Sterilization Mandate and Its Infringement of Conscience Rights & Religious Liberty Reply

Originally promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

The following U.S. bishops and apostolic administrators have posted statements on the unjust HHS Contraception/Sterilization Mandate and its infringement of conscience rights & religious liberty. More…

What Every Married Couple Should Know About the Truth of Sex and the Lie of Contraception 1

Words are not the only way we communicate, the body itself speaks a language.

A smile is, for example, one of the most obvious and effective means of non-verbal communication. It is so important Dale Carnegie notes that:

The expression worn on your face is far more important than the clothes worn on your back. More…

Christ’s Transfiguration: Worry Is Spiritual Short Sight; Its Cure Is Intelligent Faith. 9

Blaise Pascal once wrote:

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”

The picture above, taken from the bottom portion of Rafael’s Transfiguration, More…