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Humility Responsibility Shame Sin

How to give a good confession

By on November 12, 2021

How to give a good confession?
Look earnestly at himself and his sin.
Feel like a sinner, so that he can be amazed by God.
To recognize our need, our emptiness, our wretchedness. We cannot be arrogant.

– Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy


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Do I increase harmony?

By on November 11, 2021

“Let each one ask him- or herself today, “Do I increase harmony in my family, in my parish, in my community, or am I a gossip? Am I a cause of division or embarrassment?” And you know the harm that gossiping does to the Church, to the parishes, the…


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Grace Humility Jesus Shame

The grace to recognize ourselves as sinners

By on November 10, 2021

Jesus is there, his hand extended, ready to reach out to us and pull us out of the mud, out of sin, out of the abyss of evil into which we have fallen. We need only be conscious of our state, be honest with ourselves, and not lick our…


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Courage Responsibility Shame Trust

The fabric of trust

By on October 16, 2021

He who brings us from the disintegration of shame – to the fabric of trust. He restores courage, re-entrusts responsibility, and sends us out on mission.

– Pope Francis


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Bringing us ever closer to himself

By on October 6, 2021

“In a simple, direct, personal way he is presenting us with the reality of a God who does not condemn the world, but loves it more than it can believe or imagine (John 3:16–17). A God who can enter into the depths of our suffering is not repulsed by…


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Lord of Hosts

By on September 10, 2021

“The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts” (James 5:4).

– Pope Francis


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Communication Grace Shame

Shame is a grace we ask for

By on August 30, 2021

The confessional shouldn’t be a torture chamber.  Some confessors can be excessively curious. To be explicit about details that are not necessary. Shame is a grace we ask for; it is good, positive, because it makes us humble. But in dialogue with a confessor we need to be listened…


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Humility Shame Sin

We should be displeased with ourselves when we commit sin

By on August 28, 2021

“Search within your heart for what is pleasing to God. Your heart must be crushed. The impure heart must be destroyed so that the pure one may be created. We should be displeased with ourselves when we commit sin, for sin is displeasing to God.
– Pope Francis, The Name…


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The grace to recognize themselves as sinners

By on August 20, 2021

We need to pray that God can find his way into the hearts of the corrupt and grant them the grace of shame, the grace to recognize themselves as sinners in need of his forgiveness.
– Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy


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Recognizing oneself as a sinner is a grace

By on August 18, 2021

Even recognizing oneself as a sinner is a grace, the most one can say is: I am limited. But recognizing oneself as a sinner is something else. It means standing in front of God, with our miseries, our sins.
– Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy

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