I clearly remember walking up the pathway to the rectory door that night to make my first confession in 15 years. The mere thought of having to sit face-to-face with someone and tell him what I had done made me want to turn around and run for my life. Just as I rang the doorbell, I looked back at the car and thought, “Go! It’s your last chance!” but it was too late. The door opened and there was Father Alex.
Feast of St. Justin Martyr
“Though beheaded, and crucified, and thrown to wild beasts, in chains and fire, and all other tortures, we do not give up our confession; but the more such things happen, the more others, in larger numbers, become believers.”
Martyrdom comes in many forms. In what way may God be asking me to be a “martyr” today?
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan told reporters that the three teachings of the Church that adult converts find most attractive are the sacrament of reconciliation, the pope, and devotion to Mary.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
During an interview on Vatican Radio, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza said the Vatican is planning to publish a handbook on the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year with the hopes of bringing more Catholics back to this vital sacrament.