Category: Confession

Confession–to a priest?

Sometimes people will simply ask me, “father why do I have to confess my sins to a priest? There are priests who have done bad things and we hear about this in the news. I’ve decided I can just confess to God.” So let’s…

Frequent Confession to battle sin

On April 6, 1957 a young man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death: he had murdered a stock merchant at the Paris stock exchange by bludgeoning him to death and in his attempt to escape had shot and murdered a police man,…

Heart of Saint John Vianney

Yesterday my diocese had the great joy of welcoming the incorrupt heart of Saint John Vianney to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona.

Christ the King

WE WANT CHRIST TO REIGN! That must be our anthem. We need Him to reign over us more than ever! In 1925 when Pope Pius XI instituted this feast (in Quas Primas), the world was in upheaval, just as it might seem today. This…

Saint John Vianney: The Curé d’Ars

Today on the Novus Ordo Calendar the Church celebrated the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, the Cure D’ Ars (1962 Calendar is August 8). This is a remarkable Saint, a zealous priest, and the Patron Saint of priests.

Pray for Priests, Get to Confession this Lent, and many times throughout the year

Most likely your parish priest(s) is/are about to begin the penance service cycle during Lent. Lots of travel, nights hearing confessions, and also fraternal time spent together. A lot of grace, but also this can be physically tiring. Please be sure to pray for…

Jesus heals the Leper

Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Gospel is Mark 1:40-45. We live in an age of programs. I was talking with a young man the other day who was telling me about a new workout program that is extremely intense but…