Tag: Forgiveness

Pope says he’s saddened by ‘perfect’ Catholics who despise others

Pope says he’s saddened by ‘perfect’ Catholics who despise others

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 11, 2017 | 5 Comments

God did not choose perfect people to form his church, but rather sinners who have experienced his love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said.

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After shooting, Fresno Catholics urged to be a light to community

After shooting, Fresno Catholics urged to be a light to community

| April 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

After three men were killed April 18 in a shooting rampage in Fresno by a gunman who was captured and admitted to the shootings, the Diocese of Fresno urged the local Catholic community to “seize this moment as an opportunity to live as people of light not darkness by rejecting the temptation to hate the hater.”

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Seek Jesus’ healing in the confessional

Seek Jesus’ healing in the confessional

| Deacon Robert Gonnella | March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our readings this week are all about being seen. We hear in the first reading that it is not until Samuel sees David that he is able to anoint him and bestow the gifts of the Lord upon him. St. Paul tells us in the second reading that even though we were once in darkness, we are now light in the Lord. Thus, we are to live as children of the light and do the things that are pleasing in the sight of God. Finally, the Gospel tells us that it is not until Jesus sees the blind man that he is able to perform the miracle of restoring his sight. All of these readings show us how important it is for us to be seen by the Lord. While this may seem like a simple point, it is one worth reflecting on in order for us to grow in our spiritual lives.

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In accused priest killer’s case, bishops urge mercy, reject death penalty

In accused priest killer’s case, bishops urge mercy, reject death penalty

| February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Saying “justice needs to be tamed by mercy,” Bishop Felipe Estevez of St. Augustine, Florida, and two brother bishops called Jan. 31 for the state of Georgia to drop the death penalty in the case of accused priest killer Steven J. Murray.

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Forgiveness with a smile

Forgiveness with a smile

| Brad Parent | January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The heat in the gym was oppressive. The boiler in the building had just been fired up for the winter, but the ventilation wasn’t working properly, turning the gym into a sauna. I was hot, sweaty and annoyed. So I propped open a door.

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Accepting Christ’s gift of forgiveness

Accepting Christ’s gift of forgiveness

| Jean Denton | January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

I went to the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time at age 33 and, as a convert to Catholicism, I was surprised by a palpable sense of relief and gratitude for God’s forgiveness.

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Forgive us for looking other way, pope tells homeless people

Forgive us for looking other way, pope tells homeless people

| Junno Arocho Esteves | November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

“I ask your forgiveness if I have ever offended you with my words or for not having said something that I should have,” the pope said Nov. 11 during an audience with pilgrims attending special Year of Mercy events for people who are homeless or otherwise socially excluded.

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Don’t let sin stop you from seeking Jesus

Don’t let sin stop you from seeking Jesus

| Deacon Brandon Theisen | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

I don’t like being judged for my sins. When I was younger, I would do two things to conceal my identity when I went to confession.

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Christians aren’t greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope says

Christians aren’t greater than God, must forgive as he does, pope says

| Carol Glatz | September 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

God wants people to be merciful, which means forgiving others and giving freely with love, Pope Francis said.

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Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

God’s mercy is poured out upon the repentant so that they can change and grow, sharing mercy with others and helping build families, neighborhoods and societies where people learn to forgive, Pope Francis said.

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Reconciliation with God, others is key to peace, pope says

Reconciliation with God, others is key to peace, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

For peace in the family, community and nation, people need to recognize their faults and ask forgiveness, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims, including hundreds of soldiers, sailors and police officers from around the world.

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Been awhile since your last confession? Archbishop Hebda says be not afraid

Been awhile since your last confession? Archbishop Hebda says be not afraid

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

“One of the things I’ve experienced in my own life is once we know the powerful effect that the sacrament can have in our lives, we want it more,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said. “Even, in part, the hope here — for the Holy Father but also for us in the archdiocese — is that maybe there is some people who haven’t been to confession in awhile, and maybe this will be the opportunity for them once again for them to experience the joy of being forgiven of their sins, and the joy that ignites that love for this sacrament.”

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