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The Year of Mercy and You

The Year of Mercy began yesterday on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. With the multitudes of different definitions for various words, we should look at what the proper definition of mercy is from a Catholic perspective.

Mercy: Compassion for the sufferings, whether bodily or spiritual, of others, arising from charity; an act of charity bestowed through sympathy.

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Mercy can not exist without justice. Justice recognizes that each and every person receives what is due to them, both the good and the bad. When it comes to crime, mercy acknowledges that a transgression has occurred, but alleviates the punishment that is due to the transgressor.

An example would be a thief who steals some money. Depending upon the amount that this thief has stolen, justice demands that he spend time in jail to serve out his punishment. Mercy can allow for a reduced sentence, depending on if the thief is repentant and is sorry for the crime he has committed. However, even if a thief is truly sorry for what he has done, it is merciful and just to those he has offended by allowing him to serve out his term that justice demands.

Mercy has been unfortunately hijacked in the Church today by the very enemies of mercy. The enemies throw justice out the window and use arguments for sinners such as “we need to be merciful and allow them to go free” without the sinners being sorry for their sins. Legitimate mercy requires that the individual receiving mercy is sorry for what they have done. But mercy sounds much more compassionate these days than justice, so we all need to use the incorrect version of “mercy” to appease the Church’s enemies.

When it comes to God’s mercy, it is endless; all we have to do is ask Him to receive it and beg for His forgiveness. One way we can do this is to go to confession whenever we have committed a mortal sin. Justice demands that those who die in the state of mortal sin go immediately to Hell. It is a part of Catholic teaching that at the moment we die; we are judged and sent to either Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell. God, in His mercy, has given us the sacraments to utilize so that we can confess our sins and reenter the state of grace. When we die in the state of grace, we are then deemed either fit to enter into Heaven if there are no attachments from worldly affairs, or Purgatory if we are attached.

Perpetual Confession Chapels

God has also instituted Baptism to wash away the stain of original sin. Many Catholics are fortunate enough to have received baptism as an infant, but there are plenty of non-Catholics who have not received baptism. Baptism is required to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, as Jesus said in the Gospels: “He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:16). Likewise, membership in the Church which Jesus founded is also necessary for salvation.

For this year of Mercy, I suggest you make good use of confession as frequently as you need it. Once a month would be a good starting point, if you require going more often, then please do so, as your soul is not something you want to gamble on. Hell is real, and if you die and are judged to receive eternal damnation, there is no getting out of it. If you are not a Catholic or have left the Church, please join or re-join the Church, as again, your salvation is essential.

Jeff December 9, 2015 1 Comment Permalink

We Need to Be Sorrowful For Our Sins

Some time ago, a reader asked what perfect contrition meant. I discussed in some detail about the differences between perfect and imperfect contrition. I heard a sermon that outlined the differences really well, and additionally a third type of “contrition” if you’d like to call it that.

The first type of “contrition” is related to embarrassment. Embarrassment is the type of contrition you demonstrate when you get caught doing something wrong and are only sorry because you got caught. Had you not been caught, you wouldn’t be sorry for your transgressions, regardless of how large or small they may be. Since this type of contrition is not focused on God, it is not forgivable and can be damning depending on the severity of the sin. We need to avoid this type of contrition and work on contrition that is more pleasing to God. At the very least, we should have imperfect contrition.

Imperfect contrition occurs when you are sorry because you know that your sins will lead you to Hell. The loss of Heaven moves you to be sorrowful for your sins, but it is only out of fear of Hell that you are truly sorry. You are not sorry because you have offended God and He is all-good and deserving of all your love, but because you fear the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. While imperfect contrition is better than embarrassment, it is still disordered. Our sins will be forgiven though we still have the effects of sin and will have to spend more time in Purgatory to be cleansed of this disordered love. As Catholics, we should strive to have perfect contrition.

Perfect contrition is when we are sorry for our sins because we have offended God and He is all-good and deserving of all of our love. When we sin, we offend God. It is desirable to have perfect contrition because we have offended Him, not only because our sins are bad and will prevent us from entering Heaven. This is similar to when you offend a friend or family member and you want to apologize because you offended them, not because your action was wrong and there might be some consequence for that action. This is the type of contrition we should have when it comes to Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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When we do go to confession we confess all of our mortal sins in kind and number, along with venial sins we are struggling with. It is critical that when we say our Act of Contrition it has been given to us by the Church and has the necessary elements that outline perfect contrition. Sadly, like many of the prayers in the Church today, there are Acts of Contrition that do not meet all the necessary requirements to demonstrate perfect contrition. An example of a good Act of Contrition is as follows:

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offending thee, and I detest all of my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all, because I have offended Thee, My God, Who art all good and deserving of all of my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

This Act of Contrition covers both imperfect and perfect contrition because you acknowledge that you do fear the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell (imperfect contrition), but because you have also offended God, Who is deserving of all of your love (perfect contrition).

How do we achieve perfect contrition? We should align our thoughts and actions and realize that every single time we sin, we both drive the nail into Jesus Christ on the cross and spit in His face. Every single sin we commit is deserving of an eternity in Hell. So we must align our hearts and intellect with God’s. Through daily prayer, daily recitation of the Rosary, and frequent use of confession, we can begin to have a loving relationship with Our Lord. It would also be beneficial to recall the sinner in scripture who said “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!” and beat his chest three times. This practice, along with reciting the act of contrition, with the mindset that we are doing it out of love for God, will benefit us and allow us to begin to experience perfect contrition.

We are blessed as Catholics to be able to confess our sins to a priest, be absolved, and return to a state of grace. If you are in the state of mortal sin, go to confession, and keep near this wonderful sacrament. Live a holy life, and avoid the near occasion of sin.

Jeff November 4, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

These Ominous Storms Keep Rolling Through

As I write this post, the thunder rumbles in the distance. The lightning illuminates the sky to the south, breaking apart the darkness on this late night. This has been one of many summer thunderstorms that we’ve had this year. The quantity of storms isn’t much different than other summers, but the quality of these storms is more aggressive. These storms have been darker, louder, and scarier. I’m not sure why, whether it’s because I’m getting older and have more responsibilities with a wife and child, but it seems to me that these storms are an ominous sign of things to come. God is not happy.

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This summer has been the first time I have witnessed lightning storms in which the lightning dances across the sky as if it were a strobe light setting the atmosphere at a club on Saturday night. These storms are not isolated to the area either; they are massive, ranging across several states at once. I fear they will only get worse.

Both the Church and the World are in utter chaos. The World has gone the way of Sodom and Gomorrah, approving homosexual “marriage” and abortion in just about every country. Countries once known for their rich Catholic heritage have been aggressively plummeting into moral chaos as if the world was going to end tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Church is being steered into this direction as well, thanks to a select number of prelates who would love to prove Christ wrong when He said the gates of Hell would not prevail against His Church. Their hatred for God and the Church is so strong that they will stop at nothing to lead as many souls astray.

The Synod on the Family is approaching, now only two months away. I fear that we will see the blasphemy of the divorced, “remarried”, and actively homosexual allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist, without the necessity of conversion. This will anger God greatly.

We must be steadfast in our prayer and always in a state of grace, avoiding any sin, including venial. While our prayer can be strongly effective in begging for Our Lord to intervene, I think He is looking for a fresh start. God will allow these heinous sins to continue through His permissive will, and His justice will rain down upon the Earth, destroying all of His enemies. We must also be humble enough to pray for our own sanctification and salvation during this time, as well as for that of our families, friends, and those we care about. We must always remember that no matter how bad it gets, Jesus Christ is still God and has given us the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. We must follow Him and observe all that He has taught us. Double your efforts to live a holy life. Go to confession, pray the Rosary daily, and avoid the near occasion of sin.

Jeff August 6, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

The Only Good Thing About the Synod

With all the chaos, destruction, and confusion to come out of the Synod of the Family, there is still one thing which came out of it we can all be grateful for. Even maybe joyful.

It drew a line in the sand. Those who are faithful to Christ and His teachings on one side, and those who detest those teachings on the other.

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There was no waffling back and forth. There was no middle ground. It was one or the other.

We know who is on the side of Christ, the Church and tradition. We know who are our enemies.

The time has come for you to gear up for battle.

  • Frequent confession, no longer than once every two weeks.
  • Daily rosary(ies).
  • Adoration
  • Frequent Mass
  • Recite the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Scripture
  • Study
  • Fast
  • Do Penance

No more excuse making. The time to act is now. Never in the history of the Church has it been made more clear than now. The Church needs you to stand tall and defend her. Will you do that?

Jeff October 22, 2014 2 Comments Permalink

COMING SOON – The Holy League

I was sent this video by several of my good friends from the Madison area. There is a movement growing around the Holy League. Watch the video here:

It’s incredibly well done and put together well. I’m excited to see what more this movement has to offer.

We need to be constantly in a state of grace. Go to confession as often as you need to. Go monthly at an absolute minimum. Go weekly if you can. Pray the Rosary daily. Stay close to the Scriptures. Visit Jesus in the Eucharist, both at Mass and in Adoration. Most importantly, pray, fast, and do penance.

Looks like an all-out spiritual warfare offensive is brewing. Join forces over at the Holy League on Facebook.

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Jeff October 7, 2014 Leave A Comment Permalink

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