The priest as channel of God’s direction; Jesus and the confessor are one; the priest as spiritual director and the impact on the soul.
Preparation begins with a daily examination of conscience; Mary’s role in making a good confession; six steps to a good confession
What it means to be washed in the Blood of Jesus; Jesus is the one who forgives our sins; the effects on the soul of this Sacrament of Mercy.
The sin and scandal before us finds its nesting place in the human heart; darkness and evil in the world is the absence of MERCY in the human heart. This episode will explore the heart and the scripture: “More than all else, keep watch over your heart, since here are the wellspring of life” Proverbs 4:23. This will lead into a deeper understanding of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Humility is key in bringing mercy and healing to the family. Humility is the foundation and preservation of chastity. Growth in humility through: Awareness of one’s sinfulness and the five ways of repentance according to St. John Chrystostom; Awareness of one’s unworthiness; Recognizing and accepting one’s limitations. How Scripture points to the graces and mercy poured out to the humble.
Fear and lack of trust increase daily in the lives of peoples and nations. How do we surrender in trust when all around us we witness the terrible lack of mercy in the world and human hearts? How the promotion of False or diabolical mercy increases fear. The Merciful Jesus gave us the antidote: Mediation on the Passion of Christ.
Examination of the various ways we inadvertently block the mercy of God in our lives. Some of the areas include: failure to repent, failure to believe in and accept the forgiveness of God in confession, pride, ingratitude, distrust, indifference, exaggerated anxiety, discouragement, egoism, and self-love.
Mary’s role in leading us to forgiveness and repentance. Forgiveness – an act of the will. What drives unforgiveness? Moral inventory to uncover areas of unforgiveness. Steps to remedy conflicts.