Tag: Confession

How to Form a Saint

An afternoon with Bishop Athanasius Schneider proved to be an extraordinary adventure into his childhood. I happened to be visiting a friend in Dundee yesterday, and attended a lecture and Solemn Pontifical Mass said by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the leaders in the Church defending the true faith. The first part of his talk

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On Final Perseverance Two and a Saint

What wonderful stories the saints give us…like little gems During the Boxer Rebellion in China at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Catholics were persecuted. In 1900, 86 Christians were martyred for their Faith. Many were of the same family, the family of St. Mark Ji Tianxiang, a

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On the Grace of Final Perseverance – Part 1

The Germans have a saying, Anfangen ist leicht, beharren eine Kunst. This translates, “To begin is easy, to persist is an art.” When speaking of the grace of final perseverance, I would add, “to persist is to have a particular grace.” There are at least seven different types of graces. I think someone on this

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On The Number of Sins

It is the opinion of many holy fathers –of St. Basil, St. Jerome, St. Ambrose, St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. John Chrysostom, St. Augustine, and others–that as God (according to the words of Scripture, Wis. xi. 21–“Thou hast ordered all things in measure, and number, and weight”) has fixed for each the number of his

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Without the Cross There is No Salvation

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world

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A Heroic Priesthood 

Heroic Priesthood On June 21, 2017, with the passing of Monsignor Richard Mouton, we lost a friend, a spiritual guide and a member of our family. More importantly, The Church lost one of Her extraordinary priests. Ordained sixty two years ago, Monsignor was one of the last surviving Second Vatican Council designated experts. Please pray

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What is “mortal sin?”

What is “mortal sin?” With the current buzz about Pope Francis proclaiming certain acts a mortal sin, it may be appropriate to state the Church’s long standing teaching on how to determine if certain acts are a mortal sin.  This post is not about making a statement on the Pope’s moral teaching. Certainly, the items

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Finding a Forgiving Heart 

Finding a Forgiving Heart Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to

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