How do you respond to a person who asks you if you are born again? Steve Ray gives us a pretty good idea.
This is a very good article describing what a mortal sin is. It also goes through nine of the ten commandments and breaks them down to clarify why specific sins in each commandment are mortal, as well as sins against faith, hope and charity.
This is a great way to examine your conscience before confession.
So what kind of Sins are Mortal?
In order for a sin to be mortal, it must meet three conditions:
- Mortal sin is a sin of grave matter
- Mortal sin is committed with full knowledge of the sinner
- Mortal sin is committed with deliberate consent of the sinner
This means that mortal sins cannot be done “accidentally.” A person who commits a mortal sin is one who knows that their sin is wrong, but still deliberately commits the sin anyway. This means that mortal sins are “premeditated” by the sinner and thus are truly a rejection of God’s law and love.
Once again, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen hits the nail on the head.
Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world…
There is a great spiritual battle going on in the world. Millions of people don’t recognize it because they have lost their consciousness of God and the Devil – or they have stopped believing in them altogether and have adopted a completely relativistic approach to the world.
We need to pray for those who have lost, or never had, faith. Our world and their eternity depends on it…
What is Hell really like? I really don’t know – and I hope never to find out. But I believe that it’s horrible beyond anything we can imagine, and I believe that it’s worse in the experience than in the telling.
That said, this talk makes it sound terrifying – and if it’s true that we cannot imagine how bad it is, how bad must it really be?
Pray for the conversion of sinners… Including you… Including me…
What is hell & what are the pains & experiences in that horrible place?
Here are 10 big reasons why @PPact doesn’t deserve another cent of taxpayer money. It’s time to defund the abortion corporation.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) January 5, 2017
Father Mike Schmitz provides great explanations on how and why to confess and on the nature of sin. He explains how praying and going to confession are not our approaches to God, but God’s approaches to us.
We never need to fear that God will not forgive us for ANYTHING – the very fact that we even think about praying or going to the sacrament of reconciliation is God coming to US to reconcile, not us going to Him.
If you have ever wondered how to make a good confession, Fr. Mike Schmitz has some solid advice for you. He points out that preparing for a good confession starts when we recognize that being a “good person” in our own eyes is not enough—we are called to holiness, which is something much greater. In this video, Fr. Mike offers four powerful ways we can examine our consciences so that our experience of reconciliation moves us towards that holiness to which we are called.
Contrite prayer can be an act of courage, because Lord knows there’s no harder time to pray than after we know we’ve sinned. In a way, we’re afraid to approach God. Yet, just as the only way to overcome our fears is by facing them, the only way to overcome our sin is by going to God after we sin. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz explains how God wants a relationship with us and “will cleanse us from every wrongdoing” to build that relationship.
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This is an excellent video series presenting an overview of the Catechism of The Catholic Church. If you have not studied the Catechism (and really, how many of us have?) this is a great way to get an introduction.
Fr. Mahan has provided an introduction for each segment and a description of the topic covered in the section.
If you have any questions on Catholic teaching, this may be a good place to start!
For an online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click on the link below.
Jimmy Akin explains why we confess our sins to a priest, as well as what the tearing of Temple’s Veil represents.
Also, check out the following Bible verses – it’s Biblical!
Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins
…and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.
So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another to be cured; the heartfelt prayer of someone upright works very powerfully.
All that stuff that most of the world pooh-poohed has come true. This article is about 8 years old, but it’s truer now than it was then.
After all, truth doesn’t change – it just becomes more evident…
And therein lies an irony within an irony. Although it is largely Catholic thinkers who have connected the latest empirical evidence to the defense of Humanae Vitae’s predictions, during those same forty years most of the experts actually producing the empirical evidence have been social scientists operating in the secular realm. As sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox emphasized in a 2005 essay: “The leading scholars who have tackled these topics are not Christians, and most of them are not political or social conservatives. They are, rather, honest social scientists willing to follow the data wherever it may lead.”
Consider, as Wilcox does, the Nobel Prize-winning economist George Akerlof. In a well-known 1996 article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Akerlof explained in the language of modern economics why the sexual revolution—contrary to common prediction, especially prediction by those in and out of the Church who wanted the teaching on birth control changed—had led to an increase in both illegitimacy and abortion. In another work published in the Economic Journal ten years ago, he traced the empirical connections between the decrease in marriage and married fatherhood for men—both clear consequences of the contraceptive revolution—and the simultaneous increase in behaviors to which single men appear more prone:
Lent is a time for serious reflection, sacrifice, discipline, penance and renewal. One of the things that helps us with all of those things is the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession).
Some of us don’t take advantage of this Sacrament very often. All of us need to do it MORE often.
If it’s been awhile and we are having a challenge remembering all of the things we want to confess, here’s an examination of conscience to help us out a bit:
Ever get asked why the Catholic Church changed the 10 Commandments? Well, the Church didn’t. From Catholic Answers, here’s what happened…
My mother recently sent me an email from a friend who was being challenged by an Evangelical to re-consider her Catholicism. He claimed the Catholic Church had perniciously omitted what he referred to as the second commandment—“You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4)—in order to keep the Catholic faithful in darkness as to the truth that they should not have statues in their churches.