Prostitution Is Violence Against Women
Labour Left Review, November 2007
I’ve made Christian unity a special prayer all lent for my friends and family, especially for the Church of Christ and this week 3 friends who used to be hostile to the Catholic Church have agreed to come with me to Easter Vigil. Thank you so much for your blessings Lord!
stephiedanger asked: Good Morning Father! I am new to the sacrament of reconciliation and I truly hope I don't sound prideful with this ? but I wondered if three Hail Marys isn't a strong enough penance when I just did 50 of them a half hour before... I understand that whatever the priest says goes and is sufficient and doesn't change how forgiven I am, but I just wondered if he goes easy on me because I'm a newbie and doesn't realize the extent of my private prayer life... Should I tell him somehow or not bother?
Priests go easy on penitents because it is not the priest’s job, or the penitent’s job, to “make up for all the bad” of the sins committed by giving you “the real penance you deserve.” Jesus our Lord is the One who has carried out the true penance for our sins.
Confession takes some of the graces of that meritorious Passion and applies it to an individual soul.
Then, later, your penance from the confession is a token of your sorrow and what you would like to do in order to respond with thanks to God. If it is too light for you, then by all means, continue the penance or enhance it as you choose. There is no rule that you can’t impose more penance on yourself.
But don’t expect the priest to “dole out” what you really deserve, because Christ took care of that for you and the Church merely invites you to do penance according to what you believe is a proper response to such generous mercy of the Lord.
God bless and take care! Fr. Angel
She said: “If you had to weigh, underpain of long term torture and incarceration, the amount you love me in loaves of bread, how many loaves would it be?
“This old game,” I said, though the game was new. “If I must. Let’s see. More than a bread truck. Or factory bread. And if it were in bottles of wine, easily more than a cask, easily more than a wine cellar. My love would be counted in vineyards. And if it were measured in dark matter, more than ninety percent of the universe would it be, would be the love. And no scientist would be able to locate or recognize it, because it’s everywhere.”
- The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody
(Woah that last sentance!!)