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Traditional Roman Catholic Thoughts

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Perpetual Confession Chapels

I’ve been tossing this idea around now for the last five years or so. But, with the priest shortage that we’ve been having throughout the entire world (with some exceptions), it is more or less something that seems unlikely to occur, at least anytime soon.

I firmly believe that Confession is important. That is why I think it would be awesome if the Church started up the practice of instituting Perpetual Confession Chapels.

We have Perpetual Adoration Chapels, in which you can visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 363 days a year (since He’s generally taken out on Good Friday and returns Easter Sunday). The whole idea behind perpetual is that it is always ongoing.

I think Perpetual Confession Chapels, in which a priest is always on hand to hear confessions, would be a huge blessing to the Church. With the priest shortage, confession times can be lacking. I’m lucky enough to have several priests in the area who hear confessions on a regular basis, but, there are many who are not this fortunate.

I’ve seen at many parishes that there is no posted times for confession. This is a great tragedy when a Sacrament of the Church is not made readily available. I’ve also seen some of the oddest time frames for some confession times (this goes all over the place, I’ve seen confession times posted that take place during the work day (in which this is the ONLY time it takes place in a week)). This makes it difficult to go to confession, especially when needed.

The other problem is that at the average parish, confession times are either Saturday morning or afternoon. This is good, I’m not complaining about this, but for those who do commit a mortal sin earlier in the week (and would like to confess so they don’t risk eternal damnation), waiting all week until Saturday feels a bit…risky.

Yes, you can call the priest and schedule an appointment. But, that can ruin the anonymous nature of the confessional (for those who wish to remain private). Now, if you do need to go, I do encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with Father.

With the importance of confession and getting us sinners back into the state of grace, it would be a huge blessing to know that we don’t have to wait until Saturday to go, and we can easily go down to the chapel at anytime. Even if its in the middle of the night, without an appointment and can go completely anonymous.

One way we could implement this now (which would probably be a stretch, but doable) is to have a location in each diocese to where the perpetual confession chapel will be. Each priest with the diocese will have rotating shifts (not sure how long the shifts would be, but those are details that can be ironed out later). If this became incredibly popular, we could double up the shifts (multiple priests) or add other locations within the diocese.

Imagine the spiritual health that the Church would have throughout the world if this was implemented. Perpetual Adoration greatly increases the faith at the parish that it is implemented in. Perpetual Confession would do the exact same thing.

Jeff January 7, 2013 1 Comment Permalink

A Letter From the USCCB

I was just made aware of this via Facebook.

Apparently, the Bishops have asked that all US Catholics begin to pray for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty. This was made available on the USCCB’s website.

I’m a little upset that I haven’t heard about this until now, as this was posted on December 6, 2012. But, I’ll pass it off with the benefit of the doubt that everyone was busy with Advent and Christmas plans.

Here are a couple of the highlights edited:

1. Sundays after Christmas through Christ the King Sunday, parishes should hold a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty.

2. Pray the Rosary daily.

3. At all Masses, offer up specific intentions for the above intentions.

4. Abstain from meat and fast on Fridays.

5. Celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom in June/July 2013.

Again, read the whole thing, it will only take a minute.

Send this to your priest so that he can make announcements.

Priests, make these announcements at Mass.

Jeff January 4, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink

A New Year and New Beginnings

Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas (as it is the Christmas season until Epiphany on January 6th)!

Well, 2013 is now among us, and I can’t help to think that we get a brand new and fresh start. Everyone is packed in the gym, trying to lose as much weight as possible, only to stop going and give up within the next couple of weeks. Diet books and plans are selling like crazy, only to doom those who have purchased them to failure (mostly).

Why is this? In reality, New Years is just an arbitrary date where the entire thing resets, and the number at the end FINALLY gets to grow by one. Compared to the entire life of the world and universe (whether you go by 6000 years or several billion years), and even compared to eternity, one year is minuscule. It is like celebrating every time a new minute begins in a day.

Now, no, I have not grown cynical (at least I don’t think I have), but, more or less, there is a much better way for us to start new beginnings. How is this so?

Confessional in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome
The confessional.

Every time you walk into the confessional as a sinner, confessing all of your sins, you walk out as a brand new person, free from all the sins that were weighing you down. No need to wait an entire year for the year to begin a new in order to start over, but ANY TIME.

We are human beings, we will fail as it is part of our fallen nature. But alas, Jesus Christ died for us and instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that you CAN start over.

“[Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” -John 20:21-23

I’m sure there are things in your past that you want to get off of your chest and receive forgiveness for. So, I urge you, go to confession. There are no sins that are too heavy to confess that Jesus Christ can’t forgive, for He took on all of your sins, including yours!

Haven’t been to confession in awhile? Not a problem. Tell Father when you enter that it’s been a long time. He’ll walk you through it. After all, that’s his job.

The only unforgivable sin, is the sin that you don’t confess. So go! Begin the New Year with a clean slate, a clean soul. And if you fall, pick yourself up, and get back to the confessional. Where a new beginning awaits you.

Jeff January 3, 2013 Leave A Comment Permalink