I have a Catholic friend who hates confession. I am not going to break any confidences, but my friend despises confession so much that he hasn’t gone for a decade. He has offered several reasons why he doesn’t go to what is formally called the sacrament of reconciliation. He is afraid that his sins are now too much to confess all at once; he is frightened of what the priest might say (he’s had a few bad experiences); and he is too busy.
My friend is not the only person I’ve met who feels this way. Several years ago, while directing a retreat, I met a woman who said that she hadn’t gone for 20 years. Her reason was also an unpleasant experience with a priest during the sacrament. As I recall, he berated her for not coming in more frequently.
In response, I asked her: “If you had a bad experience with a physician, would you would never see a physician again?”
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Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and Chancellor Dr. Brian Reynolds discuss how Catholics approach Scripture.
In his document on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis refers directly to St Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life.
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Catechist Credit: 6 hours of in the area of Spiritual Formation
Friday March 24, 2017: Saint Meinrad will host a day of reflection for lay ministers. Dr. Barbara Sutton will provide insight into how those living the vocation of a lay ecclesial minister interpret their experience, especially in light of the 10th anniversary of the publication of the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard. The Words and Images exhibit, on display in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library, will provide a starting point for reflection by engaging the imagination through an artistic process of collaging and writing. Participants will practice exploring their experiences of ministry through the creative use of words and images. The day of reflection will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time, at the Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center. Parking is available in the Guest House parking lot. The registration cost of $25 includes lunch, refreshments and retreat materials. A registration form can be found at: http://alumni.saintmeinrad.edu/event/dayofrecollection or www.saintmeinrad.edu/media/431159/day_of_reflection.pdf
By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an effort to share its masterpieces with even more people around the world, the Vatican Museums has established a YouTube channel and revamped its website to offer high-resolution images and mobile-friendly information.
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To prepare to play a Jesuit priest in Silence Andrew Garfield trained with Fr. James Martin and did The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola (more in our book). America: Andrew Garfield didn’t expect to fall in love with Jesus. The Catholic Catalogue has posted two great videos to their blog. Watch the videos here.