In my 16 years as a Catholic, I have come to understand these words with an increasing appreciation of their wisdom and truth. Often wise priests console their penitents in the confessional to commit the past to God’s mercy, knowing that we cannot change what has already taken place. When we muse over our past sins or failures, such wise confessors encourage us to let go of our past and place it into the merciful hands of God.
Father Newman was raised in South Carolina by Christian parents but received little religious instruction. After attending a summer camp for gifted children, he was inspired by his teachers to become an atheist. As a teen he eagerly played the part of the Village Atheist. He chose to attend Princeton University to escape the “Christ-haunted […]
Mother Angelica was born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, in 1923, in Canton, Ohio. In 1944, she joined the contemplative order of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. After a severe back injury, she told God that if she could walk after the surgery, she would build Him a monastery in the South. True to her word […]
Paul was raised in a devout, conservative, evangelical Baptist home. When he was four years old his mother led him to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Patti was brought up in the Methodist church and began to sing in the choir when she was seven and accepted Jesus into her heart when she […]