CONFESSIONAL SECRECY III

Back to our Priest who received the knowledge of his Lunch being poisoned by the same cook who came to confession with him. Though he granted absolution to the penitent; instructing him to dispose the poisoned food as penance, the penitent (cook) refused to dispose the food. Has the priest the right not to eat the food? He may not eat the food SINCE GOD HAS HELPED HIM TO KNOW THAT IT WAS POISONED. The priest in question threw the food away by himself. In the evening of the same…

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YEAR B: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. MEMORIAL OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (1)

YEAR B: HOMILY FOR SATURDAY OF THE NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. MEMORIAL OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY HOMILY THEME: THE PURENESS OF MARY’S HEART BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon   HOMILY: (Lk. 2:41-51) Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the day’s Gospel, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we have the finding of Jesus in the temple. Joseph and Mary suddenly realized that their son, Jesus, was not with them on their way home. So they went back to the…

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CONFESSIONAL SECRECY II

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is day by day facing different attacks not only from other Christian denominations but more so from this present world of secularism. The different sexual abuses committed by some ministers only fuelled the attack. Confessional is now being viewed by some as a hide out for perpetrators where the sin is confessed with no public penalty or punishment. I once witnessed a City Council Representative addressing the Presbyters of a particular Diocese in the United States of America – stating that if anyone confesses sexual abuse…

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HEART OF HEARTS: A Reflection on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.

No other organ of the body tells more of us than the heart. The heart is the central organ of life. Life is in the blood and it is the heart that pumps blood to all parts of the body through the blood vessels to make existence possible. When the Word took flesh and dwelt among us, the Heart of hearts was born to die that other hearts might live. As hearts encountered the Heart while with us; hearts experienced true love, forgiveness, joy and peace which brought about spiritual…

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CONFESSIONAL SECRECY I

JESUS BREATHED ON THEM AND SAID TO THEM, “RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT. “IF YOU FORGIVE THE SINS OF ANY, THEIR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN THEM; IF YOU RETAIN THE SINS OF ANY, THEY HAVE BEEN RETAINED” (JN. 20:22-23; CF. MATT 16:19) As the priest was about to go for his lunch, someone called him and said someone is desperately in need of confession in the church. He went to the confessional in the church waiting for the penitent. The person came and knelt at the other side saying in a…

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Reading for Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time Year B. Memorial: The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Liturgical Colour: white

First Reading: (2 Timothy 4: 1-8) Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 71: 8-9, 14-15ab, 16-17, 22) Gospel: (Luke 2: 41-51)   First Reading: (2 Timothy 4: 1-8) I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom: Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears:…

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CONFESSION

I know I am a sinner (Rom 3:23), but I can’t understand why I keep sinning; even when I don’t want to, even after going for confession I still fall into sin. Now, I no longer go for confession. Why confessing to the priest and not God? Being a Christian is an on-going process. No Biblical hero (except Jesus who was also tempted – Heb. 4.15) or Saint who did not struggle with sin and sometimes fell. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I…

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