Monday, March 9, 2009

How to make a good Lenten confession

Praying If you still drag your feet about making your Lenten Confession, here's how to overcome that reluctance and open your soul to the reservoir of mercy found in this Sacrament.

Fr. John Kane's wise, down-to-earth advice in How to Make a Good Confession shows you how to transform your annual Lenten Confession from a mumbling embarrassment into a profound experience of God's tender love.

How to Make a Good Confession (book cover)

Written in the darkest days of World War II, when the future looked more forbidding than it does even today, How to Make a Good Confession shows you how Confession can be for you a powerful antidote to the fear and discouragement that plagues even faithful Catholics in times like these.

This slim volume details the three elements essential to a good Confession, lists the steps of an ordinary Confession (who says what when), includes a list of questions to help you make a proper examination of conscience, and even provides you three Acts of Contrition you can carry with you into the confessional.

But Fr. Kane wants your Confession to be more than rote fulfillment of another obligation.

That's why he shows you how --- before you ever enter the confessional --- you can awaken in yourself those attitudes of mind that will enable you quickly to identify your sins (particularly the hidden ones), grow truly sorry for them, and do your penance as God wants it done.

Better yet: he shows you how sustaining these attitudes in your soul between Confessions will protect you from new sins and ward off the worry and discouragement that afflict us all.


How to Make a Good Confession:
it's not just a Lenten book;
it's a spiritual classic . . .

. . . a work you'll turn to time and again throughout the year when you feel the need to examine your conscience, bring your life back into conformity with the gospel, and experience the blessing of God's mercy.

"A marvelous book. Can provide spiritual nourishment throughout the whole process of repentance, confession, and spiritual growth."
Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J.

"A welcome blessing. Deals with the reality of sin, balancing that with the wonderful gift of God's mercy. It offers a very fine examination of conscience, ideally presented to meet today's needs. It also stresses and encourages growth in virtue as an important sequel to Confession, so that our life in Christ may reach maturity."
Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.

"This magnificent handbook helps you deepen your repentance and make it lasting. Don't go to Confession without it!"
Patrick Madrid
Envoy Magazine

"It is a great thing to make a good confession, and this is a good book about how to do it."
Fr. George Rutler

How to Make a Good Confession (book cover)

How to Make a Good Confession
A Pocket Guide to Reconciliation with God
by Fr. John A. Kane
144 pgs leatherette $10.95

Fr. John A. Kane (1883-1962)
was a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In his many writings, he put into everyday language the best thoughts of the masters of the spiritual life. His books are clear and scriptural and bespeak a profound love of Christ. He is also author of The School of Mary and Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist.

Also for Lent:

In the book of Thessalonians,
Christ urges us to
pray without ceasing,
but when we try to do so,
most of us simply
cease without praying.

We're distracted by troubles or duty
or we quit because it's late already
and we're tired.

Now there's a remedy
that actually works:

How to Pray Always (cover)

Written nearly a century ago, and used since then by generations of grateful Catholics, this no-nonsense prayer manual dispels the false notions of prayer we all have and shows how we can, in fact, pray without ceasing --- even at times when exhaustion cripples us and cares threaten to sweep us away.

Drawing on the experience of dozens of saints, Fr. Raoul Plus here explains sure ways we can recollect ourselves before prayer so that once we begin to pray, our prayers will be richer and more productive.

He teaches us how to practice interior silence habitually, even in the rush and noise of the world.

And he explains each of the kinds of prayer and shows when we should --- and should not --- employ each.


The result?

Even in the midst of busy days, we're soon able to pray always by keeping our wills united to God even when our minds must be directed elsewhere.

In a word, How to Pray Always is one of those rare books that actually fulfills the promise of its title: in just over a hundred pages, it shows us how to love God and to live prayerfully and constantly in His loving presence.

How to Pray Always (cover)

How to Pray Always
by Fr. Raoul Plus, S.J.

144 pgs leatherette


Box 5284, Manchester, NH 03108

Some of the many saints
whose teachings are found
in this book:

St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591), St. Anthony (251-356), St. Augustine (354-430), St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552), St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), St. Jerome (c. 342-420), St. John Berchmans (1599-1621), St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), St. John Vianney (1786-1859), St. Leonard of Port Maurice (1676-1751), St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690), St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi (1566-1607), St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775), St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Raoul Plus, S.J. (1882-1958)
wrote more than forty books to help Christians understand God's love for the soul. His works stress the vital role of prayer in the spiritual life and show how you can live the truths of the faith.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Saturday, January 24, 2009
Subject: Passenger of Flight 1549


I sincerely hope this email finds its way to you. I was a passenger on flight 1549 and my name is Fred Berretta. You might have caught a glimpse of me or heard me on CNN or Fox the night of the crash. I interviewed with Lou Dobbs, Wolf Blitzer and Bill O'Reilly and discussed the crash that night. I had been on a one day business trip to NY and sat in seat 16A just behind the left engine. My trip was a last minute decision the day before. I finished my meetings early on Thursday and realized I had time to attend the 12 noon mass at St. Patrick Cathedral.

It was unusual for me to have the extra time, but that day I did. After Mass, I stopped by the gift shop just across from the cathedral and purchased your book, "7 Secrets of the Eucharist." As I waited to board flight 1549 bound for Charlotte, where I live, I began reading your book.

I continued reading while we taxied until just after take off. I think I got through about half of it and then decided to close my eyes and reflect on the incredible insights your book gave me regarding the Eucharist.

We were climbing out and just a minute or so into the flight I heard the impact of the bird strikes and then the explosion in the left engine. I could see it on fire and the cabin began to smell like jet fuel. As a private pilot, once I realized the second engine was also not functioning, things became quite tense.

While I had known about and prayed the Divine Mercy chaplet years before, I had not really focused on it in quite a long time. Ironically, I had prayed the chaplet the day before at 3 pm. I had forgotten that in my briefcase I had long kept a copy of a booklet of the Divine Mercy chaplet which had excerpts from St. Faustina's diary.

When I arrived in NY, I had some time at my hotel and decided to clean out my briefcase, something long overdue. I found the Divine Mercy booklet, prayed the chaplet, and read some of the words of Jesus to Faustina.

Before we hit the water, I thought about the words Jesus said, that nothing would be refused if asked for during the hour of mercy.* I really thought there was a good chance myself and others would die that day, but I asked God to be merciful to us, I prayed the Lord's prayer and a Hail Mary. I then prayed to St. Michael, and we impacted the water. The odds were not with us that day, but God clearly was. I believe it is the only jet airliner to successfully ditch in the water without fatalities in the history of aviation.

I just want you to know that your book gave me comfort as we were going down, and for that I am grateful. I know a lot of people prayed on that plane, and I believe the Miracle on the Hudson was a testament to the mercy of God, and a sign of hope.

Take care and may God continue to bless your ministry and all you do to spread the message of Divine Mercy and the wonders of Holy Communion.

Best regards,

Fred Berretta

*Flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River during the 3 o'clock hour (at about 3:30 pm), which Christ told St. Faustina is "the hour of great mercy." It was during this hour that His heart was pierced by a lance, and blood and water gushed forth as a fountain of mercy for the world. "In this hour," He told her, "I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion." (Diary of Saint Faustina, #1182, 1320.)
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

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