A Mighty Weapon

The Old Testament prophets unceasingly called the faithful to weighty (often public) penance. Continuing in the New Testament, we have St. John the Baptist, and Jesus himself, continuing this battle cry. The Saints in heaven practiced regular acts of penance while here on earth, some giving their very lives. The Church today still teaches that penance is an essentialfactor in our faith life (we hear a lot about it during the penitential seasons, but then it often goes unmentioned during the rest of the year, except after a sacramental confession).

Do we, as modern Christians, take penance seriously, and do we make the effort to embrace our responsibility of

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