The Power to Forgive

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

In my message for Easter Sunday I wrote about how Christ overcame the most serious problem that we all face — death. But Jesus doesn’t just treat the symptom. He gets to the root of the problem. To truly conquer death, Christ had to take away the cause of death, which is sin (see Rom 5:12). This is why at each and every Mass we say, “Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us…”

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The Ministry of Reconciliation

4th Sunday of Lent (C)

The fourth Sunday in Lent is called Laetare Sunday, after the first word of the Entrance Chant for the Mass. Laetare is Latin for “rejoice.” The Entrance Chant is from Isaiah 66:10-11: “Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be satisfied at her consoling breast.

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Can You Go to Confession if You Are Not Sorry?

A student asked me an interesting question recently: Can you go to confession if you are not sorry for your sins? What if you know you will commit that sin again? Should you still go?

There is a lot wrapped up in this simple question. So let’s break it down.

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