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Tag: mortal sin

“Eucharistic Desecration” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi “Eucharistic Desecration”  PDF Version

A Confession Primer for Cradle Catholics (and the rest of us!)

I’ve come to love and appreciate the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the years, but it wasn’t always that way. For a long time, I suffered from “confession avoidance” and had all the accompanying excuses: I don’t really need to go… I’ll feel embarrassed… I forget how this works… Confession? Who has time?… What do I… Read More ›

A Confession Primer for Cradle Catholics (and the rest of us!)

I’ve come to love and appreciate the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the years, but it wasn’t always that way. For a long time, I suffered from “confession avoidance” and had all the accompanying excuses: I don’t really need to go… I’ll feel embarrassed… I forget how this works… Confession? Who has time?… What do I… Read More ›

Pornography: What Everyone Needs to Know (Part II)

“Pornography – What You Need to Know“ Last week, we defined pornography and discussed how prevalent it has become. We were reminded that the Catholic Church has always maintained that pornography is a grave offense. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops writes, “Viewing pornography is not only sinful in itself but can also become an… Read More ›

10 Secrets of Confession

Every now and then you hear these stories about people returning to confession after, like, 10 years. While it’s truly beautiful to see, I’m always curious what finally prompted them to go…and what it was that kept them away for so long! I think if all Catholics knew the secrets of confession, they’d make it… Read More ›

If there is a great chasm between Heaven and Hell, where do we get the idea of Purgatory?

Q. In regards to the parable the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31, if there is a great chasm set between heaven and hell, where do we get the tradition of purgatory? When did it start and what theology backs it? A. The chasm described in this parable was not trying to suggest that… Read More ›

Why do countries have different Holy Days of Obligation?

Q. Why do countries have different Holy Days of Obligation? A. Holy Days of Obligation are feast days in the Church’s calendar fixed by a certain date on which Holy Mother Church expects her children to attend the liturgical celebrations of that day. All Catholics are obligated, under pain of the normal conditions of mortal… Read More ›

Would missing Mass only be a mortal sin if you knew the teaching?

Q. Would missing Mass on a Sunday only be a mortal sin if you knew the teaching? Do we sin at all if we don’t know that it is a sin? A. The Catechism tells us that three conditions – that it is grave, that we must know what we are doing, and that we… Read More ›

What is it that makes skipping Mass a mortal sin?

Q. According to the Baltimore Catechism, not attending Mass is a mortal sin.  What is it that makes it a mortal sin? A. It is also a mortal sin in the present Catechism and from the day God gave the law to Moses to observe the Sabbath! This idea didn’t diminish as time went on. … Read More ›

“Cohabitation – Bound to Fail?” – Fr. Nathan

A talk given for the Faith Life series January 25/13 at Our Lady of Grace parish, Calgary, AB “Cohabitation-Bound to fail?” [audio https://swordsoftruth.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/cohabisbad.mp3] A Written Version-PDF