Lenten Reading Notes

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni

 

7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn: Secret Six-New Wine Needs New Skins

  • The goal of confession is new life, rebirth, transformation, restoration of friendship, and communion with God, so you can begin living in a whole new way, the way Christ Himself lives.
  • Review Secrets 1-5.
  • The common denominator is CHANGE. Change of heart and mind.
  • The Act of Contrition

O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Your Grace to confess my sins, do the penance, and amend my life. Amen.

  • “I am heartily sorry” means a sincere repentance and conversion; a contrite heart.
  • “and I detest….punishments” means we not only have sorrow for our sin but a hatred of it. This is a contrition of fear. It is an imperfect contrition, but a valid one.
  • “but most…love.” This states perfect contrition which is moved by love for God not fear.
  • “I firmly resolve…” Confessing sins is not enough; need to make a firm resolution to change.
  • “with the help of Your Grace…” We can’t do any of this on our own.
  • “to confess my sins…” Resolve to confess sins regularly.
  • “to do penance…” It’s not about punishment or payment for forgiveness. Penances are a sign of our personal commitment. We join our own physical and spiritual mortification to the Passion of Christ-the one who really “paid the price” and obtained forgiveness for us.
  • “and to amend my life. Amen”-What Christ is calling us in Confession

is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnance toward the evil actions we have committed. ..It entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life. #1431, Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • The story of Zacchaeus is a good example of a complete change of heart.

 

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