Tag Archives: Penance
At Mass this morning, the chaplain for Saint Benedict Center gave an inspiring sketch of the major events in the life of the Passionist Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin (1838-1862), whose feast day is today, February 27. What caught my attention most was the saint’s inordinate zeal for extreme penances. In this, he had to be disciplined by a prudent and fatherly spiritual director. … More →
Today is the feast day of Saint Margaret of Cortona. Catholic Herald: Margaret of Cortona (c 1247-97) has been called the Second Magdalen – although there is nothing in the gospels to cast any aspersion on Mary Magdalen’s morals. Read more here.
The best penances are those that God sends us. These penances are immediately consequent upon His “will signified,” that is, the natural moral law and any positive law to which we are bound in conscience, e.g., the Church’s laws on fast and abstinence, or the rule of a religious congregation. They are also consequent upon God’s “will of good pleasure,” which we see in the … More →
Catholic Culture reports: Now, under the attacks of the world, which speak to us of our sins, we see that to be able to do penance is a grace – and we see how necessary it is to do penance, that is, to recognize what is wrong in our lives: to recognize one’s sin, to open oneself to forgiveness, to prepare for pardon, to allow … More →
(240K PDF version of this same article. ) Introduction. Mr. Thomas Sparks, of Bedfordshire, England, has posted an “Open Letter” to me on his web site. The present offering is my reply.