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Pope Francis explains Miserere Psalm during General Audience

Video. (Rome Reports). In our continuing catechesis for this Holy Year of Mercy, we now conclude our treatment of the Old Testament with a consideration of Psalm 51, the Miserere. This Psalm is traditionally seen as King David’s prayer for forgiveness following his sin with [...]
Tags: Faithfulness, God, Penance, Forgiveness, Pope Francis
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Pope Francis: If the Jubilee doesn’t touch your pocket it isn’t a true Jubilee

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “Penance can be expressed in many and various ways but above all in fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. These and many other forms of penance can be practiced in the daily life of a Christian, [...]
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Mortification done for love

What is mortification? It is a Christian practice that brings us closer to Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on the Cross for love of all men and women. Mortification means making little renunciations, whether internal or external, for love of God, in order to [...]
Tags: Conversion, Suffering, Mortification, Service, Love, God, Penance
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24 Hours for the Lord

In his 2015 Lenten Message, Pope Francis asks the faithful to take part in the "24 Hours for the Lord" initiative, on 13-14 March, in order to place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center of the Church's mission for the new evangelization. Pope Francis [...]
Tags: Love of God, Charity, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Following Christ, Lent, Penance, Forgiveness, mercy
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Why go to Confession?

“Forgiveness is asked for, is asked of another, and in Confession we ask for forgiveness from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our own efforts but rather a gift, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us with the wellspring of [...]
Tags: Repentance, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Contrition, Conversion, Penance, Forgiveness
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How Many Conversions ... Began in a Confessional

Dear Friends, I am very glad to address to each one of you my most cordial welcome. I greet Cardinal Fortunato Baldelli, Major Penitentiary, and I thank him for his courteous words. I greet Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, Regent of the Penitentiary, the personnel, the co-workers and [...]
Tags: Sacrament of Reconciliation, Pope, Sacraments, Pope Benedict XVI, Penance
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1937-1939: Later Stages of the Spanish Civil War

Before describing their efforts to carry out Opus Dei in these later stages of the war, we will examine the social, economic, and political features of the world in which they worked. - The War in the North (March to November 1937) - Fusion of the Falange [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Sickness, Spanish Civil War, Poverty, Franco, Father, Penance, Burgos, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Pedro Casciaro, first members
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What is Lent?

Lent is the 40 days before Easter during which Christians prepare for the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. It's meant to remember the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert preparing himself for public preaching. It begins on Ash Wednesday, when a priest places ashes [...]
Tags: Conversion, Jesus Christ, Lent, Penance
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The meaning of Lent

The text of the pope's message for Lent 2011, which begins March 9 for Latin-rite Catholics, was released at a Vatican news conference Feb. 22. MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI FOR LENT 2011 “You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised [...]
Tags: Pope, Following Christ, Pope Benedict XVI, Lent, Penance
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1937-1939: Later stages of the Spanish Civil War

Before describing their efforts to carry out Opus Dei in these later stages of the war, we will examine the social, economic, and political features of the world in which they worked. - The War in the North (March to November 1937) - Fusion of the Falange [...]
Tags: Alvaro del Portillo, Sickness, Spanish Civil War, Poverty, Franco, Father, Penance, Burgos, Juan Jimenez Vargas, Pedro Casciaro, first members