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DEAR FATHER | Church leaves frequency of Confession up to individual decision

Since we are all in different places on our spiritual journey, it's hard to set one number for all and say that this is the perfect number of times to go per year to remain in good standing. It varies by the person and the work God is doing in the soul.

At the bare minimum, Catholics should receive the sacrament once per year. This is known in the Precepts of the Church as the "Easter Duty." Sometime between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost, each Catholic is asked to receive both the sacrament of confession and Communion.

DEAR FATHER | Focused techniques enhance Rosary prayer experience

Once we get past the basic logistics of praying the Rosary and learn the order of the mysteries, we might ask: "OK, so now I am doing this. What am I supposed to be getting out of it?" To help, there are many aids to help us to pray the Rosary.

DEAR FATHER | Jesus’ resurrection signifies that He began living anew

Notably on Easter Sunday, but also on every Sunday of the year, we celebrate Christ's resurrection from the dead. As we commemorate this event every Sunday, we know it happened on Easter Sunday morning. He rose once from the dead this morning and did not have to rise multiple times on that or any other morning.

DEAR FATHER | Divine Mercy feast is fulfillment of Easter promise

In 1931, a young Polish nun, now known as St. Faustina, received an apparition of Jesus. He appeared with red and white streams coming from His heart. Over time, He revealed His desire that this image be painted and that a feast dedicated to Divine Mercy be instituted on the Sunday following Easter Sunday.

DEAR FATHER | Jesus’ Passion was part of God’s divine plan

This highly theoretical question has been pondered by many a great mind through history. It all boils down to this: Could Jesus have simply declared to the whole human race that all their sins were forgiven without His suffering on the cross? We're tempted to say yes, if that were God's will, because nothing is impossible for God (Luke 1:37).

DEAR FATHER | Reasons vary for pattern in distributing Communion under one or both species

Sometimes, this discussion of offering Holy Communion under both forms turns into a contentious issue. Some feel that when the Precious Blood isn't offered, they don't fully participate in Holy Communion or their rights as Catholics have been infringed upon. Far from feeling united in communion, individuals feel divided.

This view might be motivated by the underlying belief that clergy exclusively possess the Eucharist. Others participate only to the extent that this group allows. However, this view isn't wholly correct.

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