- Jul 14, 2020
God’s kingdom is not an abstract or poetic idea. While not as loud, shocking, or abrasive as sin, it is truly here and it has an unimaginable power to change lives and societies.
Usually offered in the middle of the weekend on Saturday afternoons, confession can be a hard sell for busy Catholics. The subject matter, sin, also can be a stumbling block in a culture that can be, at times, too enamored with accentuating the positive.
David Cloutier and Jana Bennett are the editors of ‘Naming Our Sins: How Recognizing the Seven Deadly Vices Can Renew the Sacrament of Reconciliation.’ They spoke to Crux.
When Lent begins March 6, U.S. Catholics will likely be more than ready for it.
In Lent, Father Jeffrey Kirby writes, “It’s the assurance of love and divine acceptance that empowers us to acknowledge our offenses and sins.”
“We’re in a struggle for souls. Our adversary is the devil,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has warned, adding that Satan appreciates the irony that humanity cannot appreciate Jesus’ mission without him and that he “exploits this to his full advantage.”