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  • By Paul on March 16, 2013

    Preparing for the Lenten Penance service, I read my copy of "Lord Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession. Scott Hahn, a convert himself to Catholicism, and now a Professor at St. Francis University, Steubenville, Ohio, and President of St. Paul Center for Theological Studies, has done it again. He is a very inspired, and well educated professor who takes delight in digging into the roots of the Church and finding the earliest references to this most important Sacrament of the Church. Going all the way back to the Book of Genesis and coming forward through the Bible to where Jesus institutes the sacrament with his apostles to forgive sins, "Whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven, and whose sins you loose, they are loosed in Heaven." Scott Hahn teaches how the Jewish faith involved the cleansing and purification of oneself before going into the temple, and how in the Book of Leviticus laws were to be formed, and all these Old Testamentreferences come not to be replaced, but fulfilled in the sacrament of penance. An examination of conscience Appendix provides one with examination of our lives based on the Ten Commandments, and Prayers that can be said.It all made sense when in our penance service this sacrament was depicted as a large umbrella, purple for the color of Lent, underneathon one side was a word - Confession, which was the telling of our sins to another, in this case, a Priest who is given the authority through the Church, established by Christ. This act helps us voice our sins and seek council and is like emptying the soul of them. On the other side, was a word Penance. Penance is any act that is a way to reverse what was done by prayer, reading scripture, offering ourselves in asking forgiveness, and even reconciling with those whom we offended in necessary. Above the umbrella is a large word Reconciliation.This is what the sacrament is in a nutshell. We confess our sins, admitting we have sinned (and every live human being is a sinner), we come to Christ in the sacrament and are forgiven our sins, and given a penance (token prayer, or reading to pray for forgiveness and thanking God for His forgiveness), and we are reconciled with God after we reconcile ourselves with those we offended if we can do so.This book is easy to read, and I even went and marked the pages where biblical references were made to follow the flow of the development of this sacrament. It all makes sense and thanks to Scott's wonderful and easy to follow style of writing, I learned even more than I grew up with over 72 years. I highly recommend this book for any one Catholic or non-Catholic to read and see what this scholar, and theologian, has found in his personal study to help us in our prayer in time of problems, "Lord, Have Mercy." You will findthat through His Church, and his boundless love, He will have mercy upon us, and forgive us our sins.Pax et Bonum, Peace and GoodnessPaulCFP, Novice 3

  • By drohan00 on July 8, 2015

    A great book on the Sacrament of Confession. We need it. The Lord initiated it. The Church provides it. While I have always been a Catholic who believes in the power of this sacrament, I benefited from Hahn's exposition of the power and importance of the Church's role in forgiveness. The reiteration of our Catholic belief in both venial and mortal sin is a well done, and easy for the potential convert to understand.I have always loved Hahn's books and this one is no different. Every parish library should have it. Every Catholic should be made to read it. In the words of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf: "Go to Confession!"

  • By fhqwhgads on February 7, 2014

    This book will practically make you want to go to confession. It has a great guide for an examination of conscience. When entering the church, I was so totally prepared for confession that my confessor was just surprised. It gives the full reasons for the complete rite of penance and will make you realize how much better you'll feel after you go to confession, and that when you don't pick and choose the teachings you listen to, you'll be truly healed.Go to confession! Confess completely! You'll feel like a million bucks.

  • By Phenomari on February 4, 2018

    Confession sets our relationship right with God, which extends to our relationship with others. A right relationship with God transforms our soul so that we can cooperate with grace to live the good, the true, and the beautiful.

  • By Latita Perkins on December 17, 2015

    Scott Hahn has wowed me again! I am a convert to the Church, was brought in this past Easter 2015. I started watching Lord Have Mercy on EWTN, and I just had to get the book, and I am glad I did. Scott Hahn has helped me gain a very deeper and strong love for the Sacrament of Penance!

  • By John M. Lahr on June 15, 2015

    Really enjoy Scott Hahns writing. I am an adult convert to catholicism so my education is lacking. I really enjoy his books because they explain the important details in ways that make it easy to understand. He also is very passionate about the relationship with Jesus and it shows in his writing.

  • By Paul Tognetti on July 16, 2004

    I'll be the first to admit it. Although I have been a practicing Catholic all of my life I have failed to take full advantage of the sacrament of Penance. I have rattled off all of the usual excuses but after reading "Lord, Have Mercy" I realize that the fault for this blatant oversight is all my own. Scott Hahn makes a thorough and powerful case why we need confession. He presents us with a history of the sacrament from its earliest origins in the Jewish tradition. He argues that the average Catholic must come to a more mature understanding of this sacrament and needs to make frequent confession an important part of his/her spiritual life. Otherwise, we are sure to fall into the trap of blaming everyone else--our victims, our parents, our boss or perhaps even the government--for our own shortcomings and failures. I especially appreciated the "Examination of Conscience" presented in the appendix of this book. It is an extremely helpful tool for anyone preparing for the sacrament of Penance. Highly recommended.

  • By Cathy Johnson on September 10, 2014

    Scott Hahn is brilliant when it comes to explaining aspects of the Catholic faith. Even though I've been a Catholic since my baptism as a child (I am now in my 70s), he still manages to teach me more!


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