Your Sins are Forgiven

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
   Someone asked the question, “How can I stop feeling guilty about sins I have already confessed?”
If an old sin returns to your mind, I hope this response will help you.
Blessings this Lenten Season,
Cheryl Denise Pumphrey
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How can I stop feeling guilty, sometimes even after I’ve confessed and repented my sins?

  1. The main way to not feel guilty is to not BE guilty.

  2. However, if we have sinned and we have a properly formed conscience, we will feel guilty almost immediately after sinning, if not during sinning. A good conscience helps us have quick guilt, quick repentance, and then no guilt.

  3. If we still feel guilty after repenting and confessing our sins, we should not “re-confess” the forgiven sins again in the Sacrament. By faith we should refuse to doubt that God the Father has forgiven us. We should thank our Father for forgiving us, even if we don’t feel forgiven.

  4. Our false guilt may indicate we need healing. However, if we are still burdened by guilt after receiving others’ prayers for healing, we should ask Jesus and the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the Father’s immeasurable love and mercy towards us. A deep awareness of our Father’s personal love for us will dispel false guilt.  This false guilt is not from above. 

  5. Finally, we must remember God’s nature; God IS Love.  He yearns to forgive us. Recall the lives of the saints.  In Scripture look at the life of King David, St. Peter, Mary Magdalene, etc.  All the people, from all social levels and ethnicities, came to Christ.
    Scripture says, “ And Jesus healed them all.”  Matt 12:15


March 2013 Meeting

Please join us for the Dallas Lay Dominican Meeting this Saturday, March 9, 2013 at St. Albert’s Priory. All inquirers and candidates will meet with Annette Butler at 2:00p.m. The Dominican General Meeting will begin at 3:00p.m. starting with fellowship and food. The remainder of the meeting will follow the outline below. Also, see the questions for Rediscover Catholicism; they are available as attachments as well. Pray for the novitiates and friars at St. Albert’s Priory as well as the Papal conclave meeting in Rome to elect our new Pope. This is a sacred time.

· Before you come to the meeting, read Sunday’s Gospel –  Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32, The Parable of the Lost Son
· Bring your Bible, a journal or notepad, and writing utensils. Questions for chapters 1-5
· Review the outline below
· Snacks: Davis Toups, cookies…There are two other people. Please bring your snacks.

Peace and Grace

 Meeting Outline
· Inquirers and Candidates – Annette Butler

· Gathering, Fellowship, Food, and Name Tags
· Opening Prayer – Barry Burton
· Dominican Saint Highlighted this Month – Joseph Stinson
· Minutes from Last Meeting – Heather Barrett
· Treasury Report and Current Monthly Collection – Debbie Russell
· Snack sign-up for next Meeting – Margarita Calata
· Dominican Study:
–     Two by Two Reflection – Cheryl Denise Pumphrey
–     Thomas Aquinas and the Four Ways of Scripture – Cheryl Denise Pumphrey
· Small Groups _ Rediscover Catholicism
–     Discuss five questions: Part One: Chapters 1-5. Read pages 1-62
–     Next Month: Part Two Chapters 6-11 pages 63-138
· Preaching and Reflection for March 10, 2013, Sunday’s Gospel
–     Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 – The Parable of the Lost Son (Prior read meditative reading)
· Liturgy of the Hours in the Chapel – David Toups
· Brief Litany of Dominican Saints – Bill Malloy
· Closing Prayer – Bill Malloy

Bl. Margaret of Castello: a model of everyday preaching

Bl. Margaret of Costello preached in a very practical way, using whatever was at hand, in everyday life, with the people closest to her.  Her poor physical condition helped her to be more open to God’s inspiration.  Her limitations became a strength.  Inspiration can be defined as a “breathing in” of supernatural life.  Inspiration provides a vocabulary for addressing divine truths to others—this is what preaching is about.  The preacher must be alert for inspiration within us and in the world around us.  Like Bl. Margaret, we are usually called by God to address someone or something near to us.  We may find inspiration within our homes, workplaces, or leisure activities.  Let us be attentive to every opportunity!

St. Rose of Lima: a model of penitence

St. Rose of Lima was a contemporary of St. Martin de Porres.  They most likely knew each other and worked closely together.  St. Rose was known for being extremely penitential—which makes her less popular today than St. Martin—but that was only one aspect of her life.  She also did a lot of charity work and was very competent at treating the sick with her knowledge of herbs and natural medicines.  It is said that her prayers saved the city of Lima from an invasion by the Dutch.

She was more contemplative than active, however.  She bears a similarity to St. Catherine of Siena, to whom she had a devotion.  Both St. Rose and St. Catherine lived penitential lives, and both died young, in their thirties.

Even though St. Rose’s life is very different from ours, we all share with her a desire to do God’s will, even if people around us don’t understand us or know what we are doing.  We should all try to have St. Rose’s radical love of God, piety, charity, obedience to God and family, and humility.

We should also strive to be penitential—although our penitential acts need not necessarily be so harsh, or self-imposed as St. Rose’s were.  Penitence can be as simple as just offering up and being grateful for life’s trials, using them as an opportunity to grow.  The black part of the Dominican habit symbolizes penitence and serves as a reminder that we are all to live penitential lives.

St. Rose was the first person born in the Americas to be canonized a saint.

St. Albert the Great: seeker of truth in all things

Born in 1207, St. Albert the Great became a Dominican during the early years of the Dominican Order, which was primarily occupied at that time with battling the Albigensian heresy. Like many other men, Albert came to the Order through the influence of Bl. Jordan of Saxony, St. Dominic’s successor as Master of the Order, who attracted university students to the Order wherever he went. So, it was also a time of very rapid growth for the young Order.

Among all of his contemporaries, many of whom were surely very learned and bright, Albert was unique. Even among the great saints of the Church, relatively few earn the title “the Great.” Albert was especially competent in mechanics and applied sciences, as well as the natural sciences (as opposed to the abstract sciences of philosophy and theology). He recognized nature as a creation of God and helped the discipline of natural sciences to grow by encouraging fellow Dominicans to look to nature as a place where truth can be found. He was a very thorough investigator of the natural world and contributed much new knowledge about the way the physical world is designed.

Today, St. Albert is best know as the professor and colleague of St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Thomas was very quiet and reserved, nicknamed “The Dumb Ox” by his classmates, but St. Albert could see his potential greatness and encouraged it. Together they examined the philosophy of Aristotle, which had been re-introduced to Europe by Arabic scholars. They worked to re-translate Aristotle from the original Greek into Latin, in order to correct Averroes’ erroneous Arabic translations. Both of these saints were great in their own ways, although St. Thomas Aquinas is better known. It is said that St. Albert the Great possessed a great humility, so he was most likely very content to have his pupil outshine him.

St. Albert was chosen as the patron of our priory because of our proximity to the University of Dallas.

St. Albert is Patron Saint of natural sciences in the Church, but his knowledge spanned nearly every subject–hence his title, Doctor Universalis, the Universal Doctor.  He was well known in his time as a peacemaker and settler of disputes.  He lived for most of the 13th century, dying in the year 1280.