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It’s Holy Week, and whether you just recently went to confession, or if you haven’t been in several years, there’s no better time to go.  Many Catholics are afraid to go, or believe they don’t need to confess their sins to a priest because they pray to God for forgiveness.  Scripture tells us:

As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. . . . Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:21–23).

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Saints regarding confession:

“In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.” -St. Thomas Aquinas

“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy.” -St. Isidore of Seville

And here is a beautiful video created by Catholics Come Home that expresses the joy we experience knowing God forgives our sins, and knowing that we can forgive ourselves.  You can go here more information regarding confession.

Heavy Burdens from Catholics Come Home on Vimeo.

“Faith is like a bright ray of sun light.  It enables us to see God in all things as well as all things in God.” St. Francis de Sale

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Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

Peaceful Jesus

The world can use more hope, and as Pope Benedict XVI reminds us, that is exactly what the Advent season should bring to every one of us.  This is a time where our mind, body, and soul should be renewed with hope that God is always with us, and will one day bring us home to His everlasting kingdom.

“Advent is the spiritual season of hope par excellence, and in this season the whole Church is called to be hope, for itself and for the world.” -Pope Benedict XVI

Welcome Home

It’s been a while since the last post, and I couldn’t find any better words to inspire you than this:

The question, “Who am I?” may not be an easy one to answer.  Another difficult question may be, “Why has God put me here?” But when each one of us was born God had a very specific plan for us, and if we put our trust in God, there is no limit to what we can do.  Saint Catherine of Siena knew this very well, and it’s with this knowledge that she advises us:

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!” -Saint Catherine of Siena

When Jesus appeared and spoke to St. Faustina one of the messages He gave to her to share with the world involved love and prayers.  The message He shares illustrates how important it is to do something nice for someone, and to love each other…always.

“A single act of pure love pleases me more than a thousand imperfect prayers.”

St. Fuastina and Jesus

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