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A place of sanctification

On March 28, in the Hall of Blessings at the Vatican, Pope Francis received 600 participants in the annual course of the internal forum organised by the Apostolic Penitentiary. For the past 25 years this dicastery has offered this course to deacons and newly ordained [...]
Tags: Repentance, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Holy Spirit, Sacraments, Holiness, Love, Pope Benedict XVI, Josemaria Escriva, mercy

Why go to Confession?

“Forgiveness is asked for, is asked of another, and in Confession we ask for forgiveness from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our own efforts but rather a gift, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us with the wellspring of [...]
Tags: Repentance, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Conversion, Penance, Forgiveness

Conversion, contrition, Love

I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance. (St Luke’s Gospel, 15:7) When am I going to convert? My God, when am I [...]
Tags: Repentance, Contrition, Conversion, Holiness, Love

Pope Francis: If the priest is not merciful, he should not be a confessor

November 20, 2013. (Romereports.com) During his catechesis at the General Audience, Pope Francis spoke about forgiveness and Confession. He said that God never tires of forgiving, and he urged all Catholics to never tire of asking for forgiveness. The Pope also acknowledged that he too [...]
Tags: Contrition, Forgiveness, Pope Francis

St Josemaria and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Bishop Javier Echevarria, prelate of Opus Dei, talks about his memories of the Founder of Opus Dei in the book Memoria del Beato Josemaria. Among other things, he describes how St Josemaria fostered contrition by meditating on the Cross, and also his spirit of atonement, [...]
Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Humility, Javier Echevarria

Pray that I become a soul of prayer

Opus Dei Prelate’s 80th Birthday “Javi!” And he added in a weaker voice, as Fr. Javier came into the room, “I don’t feel well.” These were St Josemaria’s last words on earth. It was 12 noon on June 26, 1975, in Rome. He was speaking to [...]
Tags: Joy, Contrition, Javier Echevarria, Prayer

Benedict XVI , Angelus, 21.03.2010

In his Angelus prayer, the pope asked Catholics to be understanding of people but not solely of their sins. He urged people to follow Jesus example, who condemned sin but didnt condemn the sinner. After the Angelus prayer, the Pope recalled how next Sunday, Palm [...]
Tags: Contrition, Conversion, Jesus Christ, Justice, Pope Benedict XVI, Penance, Forgiveness


"We must bring people together, we must understand others, we must make allowances. Never put up a cross just to keep alive the memory that some people have killed others. Such a cross would betoken the devil. Christ 's Cross is to keep silent, to [...]
Tags: Repentance, cheerfulness, Understanding, Contrition, Peace

Sacramental Confession

Let it out!Sincerity is indispensable if we are to achieve greater union with God. If you have an ugly "toad" inside you, my son, let it out! As I have always advised you, the first thing you must mention is what you wouldn't like anybody [...]
Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Conversion, defects, Spiritual guidance, Sincerity

Lent: a new conversion

- "The conversion of the Children of God", a homily first given on March 2, 1952, First Sunday of Lent. Download TEXT (PDF) and listen to mp3. Lent should suggest to us these basic questions: Am I advancing in my faithfulness to Christ, in my desire [...]
Tags: Repentance, Contrition, Conversion, Mortification, Lent