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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Lord, Have Mercy

At the end of February I read Scott Hahn's(?) book Lord Have Mercy. Subtitled "The Healing Power of Confession", I hoped the book clear up any lingering doubts before I made my first Confession.

As a biblical scholar and theologian, and a convert from hardcore Protestantism, himself, Scott is a thorough author, who I find personally compelling. The book is laid out in 13 Chapters, starting at the origin and causes of lies, untruth and sin, discussing contrition and penance before talking about Confession as something with a truly sacramental character.

Scott further discusses differing views on sin and forgiveness exhibited by Catholics and Protestants, and explains in detail--as with his other books--the covenantal nature of the Old Testament, of the whole Bible and of Christianity. Demonstrating Confession as not a new invention, Scott then discusses why and how Confession is required to fulfil the Law, to make whole that Covenant.

The book also discusses, clearly, mortal sin and its effects on the soul, feelings of resentment that come without repentance, and the dangers of make excuses which will never make up for our transgressions.

The style of book is easy and approachable, yet it is sufficiently informative and robust, replete with references to primary and secondary sources. As well as clear instructions regarding Confession, the book also includes helpful appendices at the back laying out the actual Rite of Reconciliation, some prayers including an Act of Contrition, and most importantly, a thorough Examination of Conscience.

I would recommend this book to anyone making their first Confession this Lent/Easter. Whilst you will of course have been properly Catechised, the book is helpful in reinforcing orthodox doctrine in a gentle yet persuasive way, striking a correct balance in being non-offensive whilst assertive of the Truth of the matter. I found it helpful!

pbk., 214 pages,
Darton Longman & Todd,


onionboy said...

Well, I'll be darned, or something. Until serfing about tonight I never knew you were here. A few months ago I launched VERT you may want to get yourself added there too.

Anonymous said...

Consider Daniel 10:21/12:9 - 'sealed' Book of Truth
Seal of the Living God: message - 2/20/12
Benedict: message - 2/19/13