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Five Steps Towards Spiritual Healing

Five Steps Towards Spiritual Healing

We all carry both psychological and spiritual wounds that affect our motives, our reactions to other people’s behavior, and the deeper reasons we fear or avoid certain things.

Here are five steps that have assisted me find true interior freedom and peace.

  1. REPENTANCE

Healing can’t occur with a closed or hardened heart. When we are wounded, it’s a natural response for us to close ourselves off from receiving love or taking the risk in loving others. We’re afraid of betrayal or rejection. But if we truly desire deep inner healing, we need to pray for a heart that is meek.

Meekness is the beatitude that comprises sensitivity, receptivity, and gentleness. It is the entire opposite of callousness. Once your heart softens, you will notice a sincere desire for amending your life. Repentance means you are well on your way to healing.

2. RENUNCIATION

Renunciation means that you reject sin. When you renounce something you did, you are declaring full knowledge that it was wrong and that you have every intention of avoiding it in the future.

Once you reject sin, you strengthen your will and are more capable of cooperating with God’s grace in times of temptation.

3. RECONCILIATION

The sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is essential to healing our wounds. The grace we receive through this act of self-abasement gives us clarity, insight, and wisdom so that we are better able to recognize our weaknesses and defects. If you make an effort to confess your sins often (about once a month), your heart will be less fearful of God and others and more apt to give love without condition.

Penance, as a sacrament, is really the basics of our journey toward healing. In short, combined with frequent reception of the Eucharist, these are called sacraments of healing for a reason. It’s because they build us up, repair what’s broken in us, and draw us into a life centered around courage and hope.

4. REPARATION

It’s not enough to merely say the words, “I’m sorry” or “What I did was wrong” and then move on with one’s life. The remnants of sin will linger in your heart and create further pain if you do not make a conscious effort toward reparation for your sin.

What does this mean exactly? It’s not as if God withholds his grace or love from you unless you make it up to him somehow. Reparation is for your own good. It’s a sacrifice or mortification of your own choosing that is done out of genuine love for God. Reparation is a way you can show to God by action that you deeply regret your sin.

Reciting a Chaplet to the Precious Blood of Jesus every Friday helps in reparation for sins. It’s a way to meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s love for while also setting aside extra time in my day out of love for him.

5. RESTORATION

Most Importantly, God wants us to be completely restored to wholeness. The more he repairs the patches and holes in our hearts, the more our lives reflect him. And we become more closely united to God as we progress in holiness through wholeness. Restoration is the process by which God prunes and purifies us, and sometimes this hurts before it heals. The hurt is caused by the chiseling of our poor attitudes, negative behavior patterns, and deeply entrenched vices.

Pruning feels like harsh punishment, but it is the merciful discipline of a Father who longs to restore us to our original beauty. We must permit him the time and space to do with our hearts and lives whatever is essential for that restoration to happen. In the end, we become the masterpiece we were always intended to be.

Can One Go To Confession Over The Phone Or Online?

Can One Go To Confession Over The Phone Or Online?

Confession by nature is a “Personal Encounter” with Jesus through the ministry of a priest. Emails and Phones remove that physical aspect of this personal encounter which must be present for one to validly receive the Sacrament of Penance.

 

“He (Christ) personally addresses every sinner: “My son, your sins are forgiven.” He is the physician tending each one of the sick who need him to cure them. He raises them up and reintegrates them into fraternal communion. Personal confession is thus the form most expressive of reconciliation with God and with the Church” – CCC 1484

Another reason is secrecy. A priest is bound by a special oath (Seal of the Confessional) to keep everything a penitent says to him in the confessional absolutely secret. A priest may never reveal any detail of a penitents sin to anyone, not even civil authorities, even under the threat of their own death. Breaking the oath would lead to automatic excommunication (latae sententiae), the lifting of which is reserved to the Pope himself (Code of Canon Law, 1388 §1). Phones, email, etc are never secret and can always leak details of a penitents sins to third parties.

The Pontifical Council on Social Communications on The Church and Internet says:
“Virtual reality is no substitute for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the sacramental reality of the other sacraments, and shared worship in a flesh-and-blood human community. There are no sacraments on the Internet; and even the religious experiences possible there by the grace of God are insufficient apart from real-world interaction with other persons of faith.”



Do You Think That Any Priest Can Forgive The Sin Of Adultery?

Do You Think That Any Priest Can Forgive The Sin Of Adultery?

There are many teachings in the Catholic Church that one nneeds to keep updating oneself oon these teachings to be informed on what the Church stands for.

There are many questions but then there are answers to all these questions. 

Our question for today is this:

Can a any priest absolve the sin of adultery?

Answer

Yes, any priest with faculties can forgive the sin of adultery. The only exception that would render the absolution invalid is if the priest himself had been part of the adulterous affair (can. 977).

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Sacrament Of Confession: Questions & Answers Part 7

Sacrament Of Confession: Questions & Answers Part 7

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Q. Why is it a work of mercy to pray for the living and the dead?
A. It is a work of mercy to aid those who are unable to aid themselves. The living are exposed to temptations, and while in mortal sin they are deprived of the merit of their good works and need our prayers. The dead can in no way help themselves and depend on us for assistance.

Q. Which are the chief corporal works of mercy?
A. The chief corporal works of mercy are seven: To feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to ransom the captive, to harbor the harborless, to visit the sick, and to bury the dead.

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