The Catholic Christian instructed

9781231175019: The Catholic Christian instructed
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1843 Excerpt: ... than those very sins of which they are now so much ashamed. Q. Have yon any instances in church history, of remarkable judgments of God upon those who have presumed to approach the blessed sacrament without making a sincere confession of their sins? A. Yes; we have several recorded by St. Cyprian (L. de Lapsis) and other grave authors; but the most common, and indeed the most dreadful punishment of these sins, is that blindness and hardness of heart, which God justly permits such sinners to fall into, and which is the broad road to final impenitence. Q. Have you any thing to offer by way of encouragement to sinners to confess their sins sincerely? A. Yes: 1st, The great benefit that their souls will reap in the remission of their sins, promised by Christ, Matt, xviii. 18, and John xx. 22, 2.'i, and the other advantages which an humble confession of sins brings along with it; such as a present comfort and ease of conscience, a remedy against future sins, directions and prescriptions from the minister of God for curing the spiritual maladies of the soul, &c. Idly, That by this short passing confusion, which will last but a moment, they will escape the dreadful shame of having their sins written on their foreheads, at the last day, to their eternal confusion. 3%. That the greater their sins have been, the greater will be their joy, as of the whole court of heaven; so of their confessor here upon earth, to see their sincere conversion to God, testified by the humble confession of their most shameful sins; upon which account, so far from thinking worse of them, he will conceive far greater hopes of their future progress, and a more tender affection for them, ithly, That by the law of God and his church, whatever is declared in confession can never be discov...

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