Posts by: Stephanie

A Guide for Confession

A Guide for Confession

Scripture tells us that Jesus not only instituted the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

“And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.'” (John 20:22-23)

but that He also emphasized the importance of confessing our sins:

“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)

However, many Catholics find the thought of going to Confession to be nerve-wracking. Some go years or even decades without participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, often out of fear, embarrassment or simply because they don’t remember how.

If it’s been a while since your last Confession and you need a pep-talk or a refresher, check out some of the links below. And remember, your sins don’t define you, but they can enslave you (John 8:34). Christ wants you to be free and the door to Reconciliation is always open.Read more

Drifting: Small steps that lead far from Christ

Drifting: Small steps that lead far from Christ

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University estimates that there are approximately 32 million adults in the United States who were raised Catholic but no longer identify themselves as a member of the Church. This group is often referred to as “fallen-away Catholics.”

Some people leave the Church over one single issue, but for many it is a process of “falling away.” Derwin L. Gray over at Christianity Today refers to this process of falling away as “The D.R.I.F.T

In his post he outlines the process by which many people “drift” from their Christian faith.

Distracted from Jesus and His Gospel
Refusing to Repent
Intentional Acts of Disobedience
Fake Fellowship
Treasuring Something or Someone More than Jesus

Many of these steps are very easy to fall into, but it’s not all bad news. Gray offers some ways that you or a loved one can keep from drifting away from your Christian faith. Read the article at Christianity Today for the details.

10 Bible Verses For a Generous Spirit

10 Bible Verses For a Generous Spirit

Throughout the Bible and the very life of Christ there is an unmistakable call to give of ourselves. The saints are an excellent example of people who gave all that they had – and yet gained the only thing that truly matters. If we want to be saints and be Christ-like we have to give: our time, our treasure, everything for the service of others.

But it’s only human to want to look out for ourselves. We guard our time, our money, our comfort and figure someone else will take care of the needs of our neighbors. But that’s not the life that Christ calls us to. If you need a pep talk to work toward having a more generous spirit, look no further than Scripture. We’ve compiled 10 Bible verses that will inspire you to go out and change the world, one generous act at a time.

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed. – Proverbs 19:17

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:21

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. – 1 Timothy 6:18-19

It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. – Psalm 112:5

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” – Luke 21:1-4

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. – Hebrews 13:2