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for April 14, 2023


04-14-2023 Matthew Ch 17 v-2223 Grief overwhelmed the disciple’s noise




Gospel of Matthew Ch 17 v- 22 thru 23

22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” And they were overwhelmed with grief.


Our continued discussion today about our Catechumen’s question about confession considered the Sacrament of Penance. Yesterday we answered the question if confession was mandatory. Today our question is: What is the purpose of Confession? My wife Toni again answers the topic with me as she discusses the types of sin as defined by The Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the three conditions of mortal sin to be considered a grave sin.


What is the purpose of Confession? The purpose of Penance, the sacrament, also known as Confession, is a sacrament through which Christ forgives sin and restores the soul to grace. This Sacrament was given to the disciples in John 20 versus 22 and 23 when Jesus tells them; “Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” John 20:22-23


In the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1458 “Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. Indeed, the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s mercy and grace, we are spurred to be merciful as He is merciful.” Venial sin usually involves a less important matter and is committed with less self-awareness of wrongdoing. While a venial sin weakens the sinner’s union with God, it is not a deliberate turning from Him and so does not wholly block the inflow of sanctifying grace.


In order for a sin to be grave (mortal sin) it must meet 3 conditions:

  1. It is a sin of grave matter.
  2. It is committed with full knowledge of the sinner.
  3. It is committed with deliberate consent of the sinner.


The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) aims to summarize, in book form, the main beliefs of the Catholic Church. It is an excellent reference for the Catholic faithful. It is also a great resource for non-Catholics interested in learning what the Church really teaches. Today we learned why we shed our sins in confession. Tomorrow we will discuss their question; What is Holy Communion? I pray you can get better sense of what we are doing when we become One with our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Amen.


Join me as we pray our daily prayer of forgiveness. I am sorry Lord. I believe You died and rose for me. Please forgive me as I forgive others. I share You as my Lord and Savior seeking to live your Will in all things. Prayers for wife Toni and my mother Betty pray for our children especially our two oldest Alexandra & Allen; Julian, Gabriel and Jeffrey and our grandchildren Oliver, Julian and Elliott. We pray for Boston aka Keith. We pray for those we’ve said we’d pray for and those who’ve asked us to pray for them. We pray for the dying as we do each day Lord give them peace in their last breath. Silence for the prayers of others dealing with the war in Ukraine. In the Holy Spirit we pray our brothers in Kairos especially a prayer for our men in blue. We pray for Holy Mother Church. We pray for our Holy Mother for the sister of Jackie. Daily prayers for our neighbor Thelma. Prayers for a friend and his wife for a baby to be born. Praying for Cheryl and Joe. In Jesus Precious Blood by His Name we pray. Amen.


I am a poet obedient to Christ,
Catholic Evangelist Thomas Cruz†Wiggins

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04-14-2023 Matthew Gospel Ch 17 v-2223


**Grief overwhelmed the disciple’s noise**


Jesus predicts passion at Galilee crews gathering

Killers given Man’s Son destroyed

Day three raised will be the newsgathering

Grief overwhelmed the disciple’s noise


© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins

April 14, 2023 @ 05:39 AM EST


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