Toddler Tantrums and Confession Or: How Many Times Have I Told You?

In disciplining my three-year-old, these words come out of my mouth: “How many times have I told you? That is not how we treat your brother.” And within the hour, I’ve said something unkind to their father because I was frustrated and didn’t get my way. When they get upset because their sibling has something they want I […]

Sincerity, Humility, and Obedience

And again, I would like to say three words to the soul that is determined to strive for sanctity and to derive fruit; that is to say, benefit from confession. First [word] — complete sincerity and openness. Even the holiest and wisest confessor cannot forcibly pour into the soul what he desires if it is […]

The Forgiveness of Sins

Why is it great to be Catholic?  Four words: The forgiveness of sins.  When asked why he chose to become Catholic, English convert and author G.K. Chesterton was brief: “To get rid of my sins.”  That is what Jesus commanded His Church to do by His power: forgive sins (John 20:21-23). The world has seen […]

Good Enough?

Below is the full text of an article I read at my church at a meeting for parents who have kids preparing for First Reconciliation. I found it online HERE. Emphasis added and comments in red (in the style of Fr. Z) are mine or come from the discussion at the parent meeting. A Good […]