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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Forgive Us Our Trespasses: Book Recommendation

A series of books is being reprinted by St Augustine Academy Press, by the author Mother Mary Loyola. She was a religious sister in England who had a prolific teaching and writing career. She was a well known name in England at the turn of the 20th century. She began writing catechetical books for the youth in 1896 which encompassed the Sacraments and the spiritual life. Although most of her work was aimed towards children and young adults, I would not let that stop you from buying them. They are also very edifying for adults. In fact, I would venture to say that most Catholics do not know the basics that are covered in her books. Any adult can gain much from her books and families can use them for catechesis.

I am almost finished reading one of her books on the Sacrament of Confession called 'Forgive Us Our Trespasses.' The book is fantastic and is a great book to read before going to confession. She covers all of the theology of the Sacrament and how it fits into the spiritual life. You will earn of the seriousness of sin, how God views sin, how to prepare for Confession by examining your conscience how to make a good confession and how to live after making a good confession. The book clocks in at 103 pages so it can be read and digested in a minimal amount of time. The information in it however is priceless in helping you save your soul. If you have not gone to confession lately, do not put it off. Get this book, read it and then get yourself to the nearest Catholic Church. I look forward to reading more of her books, which I will post on in the near future.
From the website. 
Mother Loyola's work on the subject of Confession is not merely groundbreaking, but seems to form one of the most crucial of her strengths, given that the Sacrament of Penance has always been the most avoidable and avoided of all; most Catholics express a distaste for it akin to torment. For her readers, however, such angst is inconceivable, as she does not merely help to remove all fear and discomfort associated with the Confessional; she also enkindles a deep sense of appreciation for the gift of the sacrament. This, in turn, fosters an eager anticipation of the grace it confers. Those who make use of Forgive us our Trespasses­--whether children or adults--will find themselves seeking this healing Sacrament with regularity.
"Catholic literature, doctrinal and devotional, owes a great deal to Mother Mary Loyola. There is a certain wholesomeness, naturalness, geniality about her spirituality that at once wins a place in the Catholic heart for whatever she writes."
--The Ecclesiastical Review,  January 1918

3 comments:

Catholic Mission said...


Forgive them their trepasses.

Vatican Document on the Jews :Pope Francis and the Vatican is 'under seige and surrender', in submission to Satan's lobby

http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2015/12/pope-francis-and-vatican-is-under-seige.html

Matthew Bellisario said...

To be fair, its not an official Church document. If you read the first paragraph, the preface, it actually says, "The text is not a magisterial document or doctrinal teaching of the Catholic Church..." Although it is a terrible text, thankfully this is one of those times we can completely ignore it. This "document" is like the modernist dream document that they wish they could publish as an official teaching document, but was not allowed to do so.

Catholic Mission said...

To be fair, its not an official Church document.
Lionel: Agreed.
However the official Church documents also use Cushingism as a theology.
Redemptoris Missio is Christocentric and not with an exclusivist
ecclesiology. It is Jesus without the necessity of the Church.
It promotes a false ecumenism.
Similarly the Vatican Document on Jews is also says Jesus without
the necessity of membership in the Church for salvation.
For Cardinal Ratzinger, Feeneyism ( there are no known exceptions to
the dogma EENS, no explicit cases in our life time are possible) was
rejected.He accepted Cushingism ( there are known exceptions to the
dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus, there are explicit cases in our
life time and they are known and visible exceptions to EENS).
It this way Cardinal Ratzinger interpreted Lumen Gentium 16 (
invincible ignorance) wih Cushingism. So Vatican Council II becomes a
break with the dogma EENS and the old ecclesiology. Since there is a
break with the old ecclesiology, magisterial documents are no more
ecclesiocentric. Theologically there is no exclusive ecclesiology any
more.
So for Cardinal Ratzinger there is a hermeneutic of rupture with
reference to Vatican Council II. There is also a hermeneutic of
rupture with the interpretation of EENS.

I use Feeneyism so there is no such problem. I accept Vatican Council
II interpreted with Feeeneyism( LG 16 is not explicit and objective
for me) and there are no known exceptions to EENS.
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If you read the first paragraph, the preface, it actually says, "The
text is not a magisterial document or doctrinal teaching of the
Catholic Church..." Although it is a terrible text, thankfully this is
one of those times we can completely ignore it.
Lionel:
However we need to point out the underlying Cushing theology.

It also cites Nostra Aetate 4 falsely. There is no change in theology
mentioned in NA 4. There is nothing in the text.
In fact NA 4 says the very opposite of their Jewish Left propaganda.
It saya the Church is the new people of God. Theologically it means
Catholics are the new people of God, they are the New Chosen people,
they have the Messiah, they are the elect and of course outside the
Catholic Church there is no salvation.
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This "document" is like the modernist dream document that they wish
they could publish as an official teaching document, but was not
allowed to do so.

Lionel.
But for all practical purposes, for the pope and the Vatican Curia ,
it will be treated as a magisterial, official document.
No one has contradicted or corrected it.Not even the SSPX.
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