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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

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Dear Dan, I am Catholic. I committed grave sins when I was a teen that I have lived in guilt and anxiety over for almost two decades. I pray every day about them. I have prayed in church but I have never been to confession. I am afraid to go to confession because I am scared I will not be forgiven or kicked out of the “church”. I want to go to Heaven. I love God and Jesus. Are there any... Read More

Pet Sins and the Brick Wall of “I Don’t Need Confession”

July 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 13 of 16) We cannot successfully battle with enemies abroad when the forces within us are in a state of rebellion. Thus we see that the devil first tempted Our Savior to gluttony, wishing to make himself master of the avenue through which all other vices find an easy entrance. Chapter 34, Paragraph 2 Remember that your soul can never rule the flesh, if it be not itself... Read More

Confession, Devotional-Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary

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CONFESSION – DEVOTIONAL: The practice of regular confession even when one is not aware of mortal or even venial sins. This practice includes setting and keeping a specific schedule of self-examination and confession. This may also include the confession of past mortal or venial sins even if confessed previously in specific or in general. Devotional confession can also make note of imperfections though... Read More

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget?

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How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget? While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz, pastor of St. Leo’s Church in Minot, ND, suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. “The only type of forgetting I have heard of is stuffing,” he said during a retreat presentation and added, “The hurt is not gone,... Read More

Moments of Grace: Reconciling with God

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While working as a Chaplain Associate a few years ago, I visited “Joe” in his hospital room.  He stopped drinking about ten days before but was getting very sick.  “Drinking is stupid,” he said, “I never used to drink.  One day I had a little bit, and then a little more and then I was drinking a lot, every day.   Now, they’re doing tests and something might be wrong with my... Read More

Video – Help me understand confession

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Fr. John and Dan talk about how to better understand confession. About Marta GoodwinMail | More Posts (41)  Read More →

What constitutes grave sin? How can I know if it is ok to receive the Eucharist?

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortal, Sin

I was told that receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist while in a state of grave sin is a grave sin in itself. I’m constantly worried about whether I am allowed to receive Communion at Mass, and I do make sure I go to confession monthly (or more often). My question is this: How grave must a sin be to have to abstain from the Eucharist? A group of us have discussed this and we got to the idea... Read More

Encounter With Mercy

Announcing: Encounter With Mercy – A Step-by-Step Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation I am happy to announce the first official publication of Catholic Spiritual Direction! The forward is written by Cardinal Justin Rigali. This step-by-step guide is compact (back pocket or purse size), simple to read, and perfect for rediscovering or deepening our understanding and practice of one of the... Read More

Penance after Reconciliation……implications of not fulfilling it!

March 24, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Penance/Confession

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Dear Father Edward, a couple of months ago, I went to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. After I confessed my sins the priest asked me whether I could say the Angelus for my penance. He also asked me if I knew the Angelus. I very hesitatingly affirmed, thinking that if I concentrated enough (I had not said the Angelus in a long time), the words would come. However, on returning to the pew and... Read More

Shouldn’t we go to confession more frequently than just the minimum required?

Dear Father John, In the Catechism (CCC 2042) the second precept states: “You shall confess your sins at least once a year.” The qualification of having knowledge of a mortal sin is gone. (Or is it still mentioned somewhere else?)  It makes sense to me that the precept is correct as stated because, as I believe St. Teresa of Avila teaches, a soul can be lost due to the multiplication of... Read More