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Reconciliation

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 02/05/2015

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Following Christ means that we are people who consistently and adamantly seek out opportunities to forgive. Forgiveness is essential...for our journey through this life and our admission to the next.

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Jesus offers practical advice for dealing with broken relationships in a way that is empowering and crucial for our personal growth.

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Daily Mass: God searches and saves us when we are lost show art Daily Mass: God searches and saves us when we are lost

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Jesus teaches that our heavenly Father rejoices whenever the lost are found and returned to safety. Here's a little hint: that means us.

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Like the grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies to become a new and fruitful plant, we die to our sins and rise with Christ as a new creation filled with God's grace through the fruitful offering of our lives.

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19th Sunday of the Year: Facing our fears show art 19th Sunday of the Year: Facing our fears

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The fears shown by the disciples and Peter reveal a common human experience. How we face our fears - through our values and our faith - empowers us to live our lives with conviction and power.

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As the disciples struggle to cast out a demon from a small child, the Lord reminds them that all things are possible if we have a flourishing faith in the Him.

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Daily Mass: We take up the Cross of Christ show art Daily Mass: We take up the Cross of Christ

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Jesus teaches us that the path to eternal life requires us to take up our cross. During our lives we will make countless offerings to the Lord, and through these sacrifices we will experience the triumph of the Cross of Christ.

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Peter, James and John see Jesus in a moment of dazzling glory as the Lord prepares to journey on to Jerusalem for his Passion on the Cross. In our tough times may the Lord's light shine on our hearts to encourage us to stay the course.

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Daily Mass: An example of persistent faith show art Daily Mass: An example of persistent faith

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A mother repeatedly calls out to Jesus to cure her daughter from a demon. She is not Jewish and does not share the same cultural heritage, but the Lord heals her girl because of the persistent strength of her faith.

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Daily Mass: An insight from the prophet Jeremiah show art Daily Mass: An insight from the prophet Jeremiah

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The prophet Jeremiah states with blunt truthfulness the situation of the people of Israel, and at the same time shows them hope through the saving power of God.

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation, which also goes by the names of Confession or Penance, is a powerful treasure.  Yet there are many misconceptions, many fears, and many questions that surround this great gift to the Church.  Sometimes I think that folks would rather have a dental root canal than walk into a confessional...

If it has been some time since you have gone to Confession, do not fear!  This incredible Sacrament continues to transform hearts and change lives; the following presentation dispels some of the myths and answers many of the common questions that are frequently asked.

This sacrament has four components:

  • Contrition - sometimes called repentance, shows we are sorry
  • Confession - where we admit what we have done
  • Reparation - where we undertake a penance as an outward sign we want to make things right
  • Absolution - where the priest, speaking on God's behalf, extends God's grace and forgiveness

This sacrament will touch our hearts and change our lives!  Confession is not only an experience of forgiveness, but it is a direct encounter with God's grace - a profound and intense path that leads to the love of Jesus Christ.

This 45 minute presentation was given to the RCIA class on March 16, 2014.  These remarks address a wide range of practical issues that are frequently asked and are meant to help us all understand how to embrace the great sacrament of Confession, especially if we are a little hazy about the last time we stepped into a confessional.

March 16, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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