Monday, December 09, 2013
And bear in mind that ONLY God can give life, yet you can also give this life because you share in it; because God has given you the power to give this life. "Giving life" here simply means acting in the stead of Christ in the sacramental celebration.
So when a priest says "I absolve you" let it not marvel you, for the Lord breathed on the Apostles in the scriptures and said "Receive the Holy Spirit, whatever sins you forgive are forgiven, whatever sin you retain, are retained" (See Jn 20: 22/23)
Mind you he said "YOU FORGIVE" not "You tell them i forgive" he said "YOU FORGIVE" showing it is actually the Priests who carry out this mission of forgiveness in his place.
If you say its a lie, then why did Christ speak those words in the first place? or was the Gospel lying as to its meaning?
Confession has been practiced right from the beginning of Christianity, Msgr. Louis Gaston de Segur even traced its origin to the Jews before Christ. The Jews confessed their sins to the priest who in turn would offer atonement sacrifice for the penitent. There are many documents written by early Christians containing teachings on confession and absolution from priests. They seemed to have no problem with this, until some "KNOW-IT-ALL" protestants began to redefine teachings that has always been clear; confusing people who have little or no instruction. They BROKE away from orthodox Christian practice in their quest to be more christian, they believed they were wiser and better than billions who have died for this faith; that they were the "chosen" ones to whom God revealed a "secret" teaching.
Never doubt unless you have researched well on this else you will be like many others who have rejected sublime truths simply because "they did not like them" not because they were unreasonable or false or contradictory.
God bless you
Posted on Monday, December 09, 2013 by Catholic and Proud
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