When Catholicism is in Your Bones

Apr 10 When Catholicism is in Your Bones

Since we moved to Minnesota, my family and I have been meeting a lot of converts, many of them my husband’s colleague at the Catholic university where he is a professor. It seems that more of them than not are converts. The other day a distinguished colleague asked my husband, “You are a cradle Catholic, aren’t you?” After my husband assured him that he was, his friend said decidedly,...

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A Confession about Confession (A Book Review)

Mar 26 A Confession about Confession (A Book Review)

I have a confession to make.  It’s something I’ve learned about myself over the last couple of years of having children who have reached the age of reason: I’m terrible at going to Confession.  Over that last two years, I have managed to prepare two of my children to receive their first Penance and First Holy Communion. I have made sure that they have attended Mass every...

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Hitting F5 on the Spiritual Life

by Micah Murphy Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about Confession.  It was yet another restart for me, a time of renewal, an opportunity to refresh my spiritual life. If only refreshing our spiritual lives was as easy as pressing F5 on our keyboards to refresh a computer screen! Some Confessions follow venial sins that harm our relationships with God, while others follow mortal sins, even years of...

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Psalm 51

After reading Micah’s post on Reconciliation, and how spiritually cleansing it is, I thought I would share the famous Psalm of Repentance. Psalm 51 is one of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible. Before going to confession, I usually read through this psalm and reflect on my own need for spiritual mercy from the Triune God. “1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy...

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Confession & Reconciliation

by Micah Murphy I just went to Confession this morning and it was awesome! One of the great things about Confession is its other name (or one of them): reconciliation. Reconciliation is from the Latin word reconciliatio (hard to translate, I know). Let’s break it down: Re – again Con – together Cilia – little hairs or eyelashes (trivia: eyebrows are supercilia) So the...

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