Please tell. What are us Catholics to make of the visions of Daniel in his biblical writings. We read of beasts with ten horns, some with many heads and the list goes on. The evangelical churches put much emphasis in predicting the future from all of this; sounds fanciful to me ! What about the 'rapture' which is supposedly going to happen in our age. Please help ! I am being bombarded with all this from fundamentalist friends.
My question is about a book I have started to read. It is called Conversations with God, an uncommon dialogue, book 1, by Neale Donald Walsch. Has the Catholic Church commented on this book? I don't see an imprimatur anywhere. Very interesting. Thank you so much for this site.
Praise be to God! I was in the confessional the other day. A couple of venial sins were on my conscious, so I confessed them. The Priest offered some counsel and my penance. He didn't ask me for an Act of Contrition, and immediately announced absolution.
Does the degree of sin determine the need for an Act of Contrition on the part of the penetant?
Was the absolution valid?
I thiought showing contrition of heart was essential in receiving absolution, so what should I do if this were to happen again?
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Hi Ms. Frye,
I am looking to know if lay people are able to use holy water to bless their homes? Also, can lay people use the blessed oils, perfumes, olive oil they purchase for their home use to cleanse themselves and welcome the holy spirit in our homes as well as use/purchase blessed incenses as well? Please let me know how we are allowed to use these items for our own home/personal use to invite a clean invironment to welcome the holy spirit.
( Spices?, Cinnomon, Myrrh, Frankencense, Spikenard, Olive Oil, Holy Water etc)
Please let me know what is right, so that I may use it correctly.
I have a difficult question...If I am to be truthful, and say I 1. look at someone (not truly lustfully or, if so, not severely) but look at a women's breasts, and they don't know it, do I tell them I did and apologize or do I keep my thoughts between God and myself?
2 say I look at someone and think something bad, like they need to lose weight, or something just rude and such, do I need to tell them I thought that or do I keep my thought(s) between God and Myself?