On Holy Communion

…we glimpse the mercy which led Our Lord to so entrust Himself to us and are moved to reflect on how we must be ready to receive Him and prepared in our own hearts “for so great and so holy a moment”. We may face the danger today of seeing the reception of Holy Communion […]

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 […]