Baptism washes away ALL sins, original, the whole smash…
In blessing ourselves w. holy water, when entering our church, exiting, or entering out homes & exiting, we kind of are renewing and reminding ourselves of our baptism & our commitment to be as close to Christ as possible. Here is my question:
I found a little prayer, and I found it interesting because you say this prayer as you’re blessing yourself w. the holy water:
By Thy Precious Blood and by this Holy Water, cleanse me (him/her) from my (his/her) sins, O Lord.
Now it says you can use this prayer for yourself, or your kids as you make a cross on their foreheads w. the water as you’re tucking them in, but the question is does holy water really cleanse sin? My thoughts were that it was baptism, confession, penetentiary rite, and maybe a visit to a shrine or something, or plenary indulgences or what have you
SO, does holy water cleanse sin,& I guess my 2nd question would be, as we confess via reconcilliation, we receive absolution, so am I to understand this to mean that the sin is wiped away?~ Or just the eternal punishment for the sin. I’m reading a lot abou tindulgences here & temporal, etc, & I’m getting confused here about pretty much everything.
I know that if I have a venial sin, that’s covered in Mass. Got it. Penetentiary Rite.
If it’s a grave sin, then yes, confession or no eucharist. Got it. SO…we are forgiven for the sin, but not 100%, is this what I’m understanding? So, if I say steal a banana. I look at that banana, know it’s wrong to steal it, but decide to, not only did I break a commandment, but I made a conscious decision to snatch it. SO. THAT is a grave sin. NOW…I go to confession. WHAT exactly is forgiven & WHAT exactly remains?
I’m reading my catechism here & I’m starting to think that indulgences may be on the agenda for the future? Can anyone help me make sense of this? I’ve only been w. the church for 2 years & I just want to put the finer details together. Got all the big pieces together, now it’s time to fine tune it. Thanks!!!