Category Archives: Sacraments

The Portable Confessional

  My oldest son is preparing for his first confession. Consequently, I have written on this sacrament, and various things related to it, over the last few weeks. Most recently, I have written about the confessional booth. Consider this a … Continue reading

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The Screen and St. Charles

Today is the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, and as such, I am writing on the topic of the confessional. The confessional booth and screen has been in use for about 500 years in the Western Church, and it is … Continue reading

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Confession: What to say?

My oldest child is preparing for his first penance, so I will likely be writing more on this subject over the next month or two. One thing that is helpful for people in receiving this sacrament is knowing what to … Continue reading

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For the Forgiveness of Sins

Who Can forgive sins but God alone? This question is often leveled at Catholic and Orthodox Christians by Protestants. “Go directly to Jesus” we are told “the priest is a man he can’t forgive sins” we are told. Really… Jesus … Continue reading

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My flesh is food indeed

Today is the feast of Corpus Christi. Yes it is celebrated this coming Sunday in many places, but the actual feast is today. I was caused to think on this mystery recently by a post at Frontier Ruminations https://frontierruminations.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/john-6-spirit-and-life/ “Unless … Continue reading

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Infant Baptism, why not? part 2 historical considerations.

I’ve been delayed in finishing part 2 of ‘Infant baptism, why not?’ Sorry. I offer the caveat that I’m an ordinary layman not a patristic scholar. I’ve done my best to not just throw out a handful of quotes from … Continue reading

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