MONDAY: 8:30 – 9:30am
TUESDAY: 8:30 – 9:30am
WEDNESDAY: 8:30 – 9:30am & 6:30 – 7:30pm
THURSDAY: 7:00 – 8:00am & 8:30 – 9:30am
FRIDAY: 7:00– 8:00am & 8:30 – 9:30am
SATURDAY: 8:30 – 9:30am
(Confessions are heard for one hour after every daily Mass)
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Jesus wants you to receive His mercy! Sin has a way of keeping us chained to patterns of darkness which require the healing mercy of God's love. The Sacrament of Confession brings us that mercy so we can live in the light. Here's what the Church teaches as a general guide for how often we should go to confession.
Excerpted from In the Know with Father Joe by Fr. Joseph Krupp
OK, first we need to establish the fact that there are a lot of different types of sin. The Bible, as well as our catechism, is filled with examples of how we sin (as is television!) The Catechism of the Catholic Church sums it all up nicely in section 1853:
Sins can be distinguished according to their objects, as can every human act; or according to the virtues they oppose, by excess or defect; or according to the commandments they violate. They can also be classed according to whether they concern God, neighbor, or oneself; they can be divided into spiritual and carnal sins, or again as sins in thought, word, deed, or omission. The root of sin is in the heart of man, in his free will, according to the teaching of the Lord: “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man.” But in the heart also resides charity, the source of the good and pure works, which sin wounds.
That’s a pretty helpful summary. Through it, we see that sin can be classified by what it attacks and how and why it attacks the good. We can sin by doing something; we can sin by not doing something. The catechism makes clear that our hearts are the problem, as is our abuse of free will. The cool thing is, and this is classic God, the heart is a place where hope is – as Jesus, who redeemed us, lives there.
Now, in general, all sins fall into one of two categories: mortal and venial. What is the difference? The difference tends to be manifested most clearly in the consequences of our actions (or inaction)!
When we commit a mortal sin, we damage our soul in a very specific way: We wound our hearts’ ability to repent and receive mercy. The damage we do is real and intense, and the catechism tells us that it takes a special initiative of mercy on God’s part to heal us. (1856)
So, what are the mortal sins? Well, it’s easier to describe how a mortal sin is committed than what specific sins are mortal. Here is an easy way to remember it: C.I.A.
That acronym works like this:
C – Circumstance: We have to be completely free to choose to sin or not.
I – Intent: We have to know that it is a sin, be free not to do it and do it anyway.
A – Action: The sin needs to be of a serious matter.
If we commit a sin and all three of these things are simultaneously true, then we have committed a mortal sin. The consequences are that we should not receive Communion without either going to confession or making sure that we are going to go to confession as soon as possible.
So, then, what is venial sin? Venial sin is, simply, all the rest. Venial sins are those sins that damage our hearts and souls, but still allow God’s love to live and work within us. The danger of venial sins is that they are a choice we make toward something less than God and what he wants for us. According to the catechism, venial sins also have the ability to condition us to commit a mortal sin. You know how it goes, the more we sin, the more open we are to sinning and the more difficult it is to recognize the sin and repent.
I hope this is helpful; the key to all of this is to remember the power and consistency of God’s mercy. There is nothing we can do that God can’t forgive; we need to remember to ask.
Enjoy another day in God’s presence.
Vanity (an expression of pride) (ST II-II q132) – Vanity is excessive concern about what others think of me –not just what they think of my appearance.
Anger is undue desire for vengeance – undue in cause or in amount.
Lust is disordered desire for sexual pleasure, isolated from its procreative and unitive purpose (CCC 2351).
Avarice is the excessive love of possessing things.
Envy/Jealousy is sadness at the happiness of another.
Have I envied or been jealous of the abilities, talents, ideas, good-looks, intelligence, clothes, possessions, money, friends, family, of others?
Lies: Have I lied, exaggerated, or distorted the truth?
Sloth, Apathy or Laziness, especially in the things of God. Sloth is a sorrow in the face of spiritual good -it makes you lethargic and want to do nothing and/or it drives you to neglect spiritual goods.
Towards My Neighbor:
Towards My Family:
Use of Time:
Gluttony is the inordinate or excessive desire for, focus on, attachment to, or use of food or other material goods.
(1) I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
(2) You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
(3) Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
(4) Honour your father and your mother.
(5) You shall not kill.
(6) You shall not commit adultery.
(7) You shall not steal.
(8) You shall not bear false witness.
(9) You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife.
(10) You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.