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Hearing confession is source of grace, conversion for a priest, Pope says

Pope Francis hears confession

HEARING a Catholic’s confession should be awe-inspiring for a priest, an experience that makes him look at his own life and willingness to convert, Pope Francis told a group of seminarians, new priests and priests who hear confessions in the major basilicas of Rome. “Let yourselves be educated by the sacrament of Reconciliation,” he told them yesterday (March 12). Hearing ... Read More »

Good works are proper response to God’s ‘exaggerated’ pardon, Pope says

Pope Francis

WHEN the Bible says, “though your sins be like scarlet” God will make them “white as snow”, it exaggerates, just like God exaggerates in his willingness to forgive people, Pope Francis said. “The Lord forgives generously,” the Pope said on Tuesday (March 3) during his early-morning Mass. God never says, “‘I will forgive you just this much, then we’ll see ... Read More »

Pope says Christians’ only bragging rights are being a sinner, being saved

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said Christians should boast about only two things: that they are sinners and they have been saved by Jesus Christ. It’s useless to brag about formal education and degrees because they did not have the power to transform people into credible Christian witnesses, the Pope said; only a personal experience of God’s saving grace can do that. In ... Read More »

What is lust?

Fr John Flader

Question Time by Fr John Flader Question: We often hear about the sin of lust, but can you tell me exactly what it is? Is it the same as impure thoughts? Is it a mortal sin? THE Catechism of the Catholic Church says that “Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered ... Read More »

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