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A Confessor's Handbook [Paperback]

By Kurt Stasiak (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2000
Publisher   Paulist Press
ISBN  0809139146  
EAN  9780809139149  

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Confession, more properly called the Sacrament of Reconciliation these days, is one of the most distinctive and well-known practices of the Catholic Church. Modern life and the reforms of the Second Vatican Council have brought about many changes in the observance and understanding of the sacrament. It is often said that fewer Catholics today appraoch the sacrament and that people today have lost a sense of sin. However, the Sacrament of Reconciliation continues to be one of the most comforting and liberating experiences of the Christian life.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! El padre Kurt Stasiak, OSB, es monje y sacerdote de la Archiabadia de Saint Meinrad, Indiana. Es profesor asociado de teologia liturgica y sacramental en Saint Meinrad School of Theology, donde ademas sirve como el director de la formacion espiritual. El padre Kurt obtuvo su doctorado en Teologia en la Universidad Pontificia de San Anselmo, Roma, en 1993. Ademas de su trabajo en la formacion sacerdotal, se intereso por la formacion teologica de los diaconos permanentes. Sus publicaciones incluyen dos libros: "Return to Grace: A Theology for Infant Baptism," publicado por Liturgical Press, y "A Confessor's Handbook," publicado por Paulist Press.

Kurt Stasiak was born in 1952.

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Confessors Handbook  May 17, 2008
Every seminarian and Priest should read and digest this wonderful work. It offers insights and suggestions for more meaningful administration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation [Penance] in a condensed, well-written format.

Often, Catholics avoid Confession out of fear. How sad this is, for it is in this Sacrament that the Mercy of God is so clearly manifested. Christ empowered His Priests to forgive sins in His Name. What an awesome responsibility. What an awesome Sacrament. It doesn't matter what one has done for the Divine Mercy of Our Lord is there ready to clear the soul of all that is sinful. Like an ocean of mercy, our sins drop into a sea from which they cannot be found any longer. Our sins may be numerous but if we are faithful to confess them all with true contrition and a firm purpose of amendment [a resolve not to commit them again], God is faithful to forgive them.

Now is the time for Mercy before Christ comes as the Just Judge. Now is the time before it is too late. If you know a Priest or seminarian, get him a copy of this book. It may be one of the best gifts he has ever received and you yourself one day hopefully can reap the benefits of this wonderful Sacrament. Don't put it off.
Good basic training  Aug 10, 2006
The Sacrament of Reconciliation seems to be one of the less-attended to in seminary training. Rites of Initiation and Eucharist receive much more attention, which is rightly deserved. A Confessor's Handbook provides good training and assistance for seminarians wishing to learn more about this sacrament, as well as to continuing clergy looking to become better confessors.

The general approach can be summed up as, "Why is this person here?" "From what are they seeking to be freed?" The methodology is valid, as it addresses the pastoral needs of the situation; it is helpful, as it immediately cuts through the nice, but irrelevant conversations; and it's is simple, which makes is easy to implement and follow.

Also included in the back is a helpful bibliography of other books on the subject, for those who wish to do further reading.
Help for the Confessing  Apr 15, 2002
Although written to help priests be more effective and gentle, helpful confessors by gaining a deeper understanding of what their people are saying (or trying to say or hide )in confession this book can also help laity confused about the sacramment of reconciliation. It can show you clearer and more precise ways to express yourself, or how to ask your confessor for the kind of guidance this St. Meinrad's professor would have him offer. Confession is difficult for priests, Father Stasiak points out, because it is the only sacrament they can not watch others priests administer.

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