Very brave Father. Thank you for saying what needs to be said all across the world. Please consider preaching against television especially with children in the room. The problem is constant distraction destroying human liberty. It’s a sin to not pay attention to God.
If the time was not shortened nobody would be left. The greatest of saints will be made in these days.
God gave us everything, pure food, herbs as medicine, meditation in prayer. Scientists have found all these things to be so beneficial. The Catholic church does not claim what she has as rightfully hers. All these things come from God’s love for us. Our church and God’s love for us is beyond most peoples comprehension because television destroys imagination. It takes ten minutes of television to wipe out the most beautiful homily ever. Be addicted to God or you’ll be addicted to something else is the message of these days.
Crux santi sit mihi lux,
Amen Father! May you come to be known as the apostle of Confession! Sadly, the last couple of generations of priests have been ill formed (probably a better description is malformed). The zeal for the salvation of souls has been lost and in some sectors, even some of the bishops have bought into the heresy that “there is a reasonable hope that all will be saved”. I hope you will endeavor in your priestly life to make Confession available. Used to be weekly confessions were the norm and Confessions were available before each Mass. Nowadays, we are made to feel, that we are imposing on Father to ask for Confession outside the paltry 45 minutes on Saturday afternoon. This has to change! I shudder to think of the souls, steeped in mortal sin, who approach our Lord to receive his Peecious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Make Confession accessible and preach it from the housetops! God Bless you Fr. Ian and your generation of priests brothers! Lead us back to the Sacraments!
Hi John, I agree with you too. I have often wondered why Confession isn’t offered before Mass anymore. It seems like a no brainer since the alternative forces everyone to make a separate trip for Confession. Of course, some will do it, but why not make Confession as easy as possible?
We changed parishes a while back and we are so very blessed to have confession before all masses (Sunday and daily). I know another priest in the area that offers it daily. Huge.
What a blessing! It is so nice not to have to ask for confession. No matter how many times I ask, it’s tough 🙂
Thank you Fr. VanHeusen… God Bless you for truly loving God’s people !!!!!
Hi Fr. Ian,
Thanks for this bold reminder of the reality of mortal sin and the need for confession. I’m also grateful that you referred to our ultimate destiny—mystical union. No one would think of starting any project without understanding the goal. But, most people trying to live the spiritual life don’t know about mystical union, the goal of the spiritual life.
What a blessing you are Fr. Van Heusen! We need priests who will tell us the truth about our road to heaven. Your road is a difficult one and I will pray fervently that you persist in teaching Catholic truths ti your parishioners without fear. It’s always about love.
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