=AnneTeresa;7785601]This question has to do with both sacraments and family, not sure which forum is best. My husband has been a christian for years, but is a nominal catholic and has never gone to confession (he may have gone once before his first communion). I don’t think he ever learned anything about it, or any other sacraments for that matter.
I have encouraged him to go to confession but he doesn’t go. He goes to communion regularly. I am trying to balance not turning him off to the catholic church with all its rules (which he hates) with the real sacramental meaning of communion and confession. So far, other than encouraging him to go to confession a few times, I haven’t said a whole lot about it. (He never even heard of mortal sin or that you can go to hell until I told him a few months ago.)
I am assuming he is not responsible since he doesn’t understand any of the teachings related to communion and confession. I think I must tread very lightly in telling him these things. I know him well and don’t want him to get mad and just give up on the church before he really understands it. Also I am just learning the faith myself because I also didn’t learn a lot of these things before.
Just wondering if anyone has any input or ideas about this situation. For now, I’m just making a comment here and there, and am trying not to push things too much–but praying for him always.
PLEASE SHARE this information with Him :o
** 1John.1 Verses 8 to 10:** "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
** 1John.5 Verses 16 to 17**"If any one sees his brother committing what is not a mortal sin, he will ask, and God will give him life for those whose sin is not mortal. ** There is sin which is mortal**; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, ** but there is sin which is not mortal. **
** John.20 Verses 20 to 23**]" When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. ** Jesus said to them ** again, “Peace be with you. ** As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” ** And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
And because he obviously does not understand the Eucharist; share this: OR GET HIM TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR PRIEST…
1St. Cor. 11:23-29 " For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often** as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.**
This means: It HAS to be Christ REALLY Present because one could not sin just eating ordinary bread and wine.
This is a very GRAVE ISSUE; pray about it and seek help if necessary.
I’ll pray for you both!