A fresh look at the Sacrament of Confirmation

For the longest time I was mystified by the sacrament of confirmation: I was never sure what essential function it fulfilled. Catechisms tend to describe it as a giving of some sort of ill-defined "power". According to the common teaching confirmation is the sacrament that gives us strength to preach the gospel, but I am … Continue reading A fresh look at the Sacrament of Confirmation

Ramblings Concerning Eschatology, Sin and Salvation

Eternal and Temporal Punishments In Catholic theology there is the idea that sin has a "double consequence": committing a sin will lead to one or both of an eternal punishment, as well as a temporal punishment. Traditionally a distinction is made between mortal and venial sin: mortal sin is sin that is serious enough to … Continue reading Ramblings Concerning Eschatology, Sin and Salvation