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Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession Hardcover – March 18, 2003
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Catholic and going to Confession regularly? Still get this book. I think it will only deepen your love for the Sacrament and for the Faith.
Thanks Scott and God Bless you!
I found this to be a book of firm and orderly persuasion, calling Catholics (like me) back to a sacrament that has become astonishingly neglected. Hahn finds a biblical foreshadowing of confession in the Old Testament sacrifices: the sinner was required to personally offer God something costly and difficult in satisfaction for his sins. This is not the only way Hahn presents confession; he also speaks of it as healing and reconciliation, and devotes a chapter to the parable of the Prodigal Son. Hahn also knits together four aspects of the Atonement: economic, military, liturgical and legal -- all under one heading, that of Covenant. Only from the over-arching perspective of God's Covenant with us in Christ, he says, can we understand the full mystery of reconciliation.
Hahn also makes the valuable point that when we tell ourselves self-excusing stories, we cut ourselves dangerously loose from reality. We all do this, to a greater or lesser degree, and it takes great effort to resist it and practice honest, but we must realize that we are in God's all-seeing presence all the time anyway. We must grow to tolerate that light, because it is the only light there is; all else is confusion and darkness. This is just one of Hahn's many thought-provoking discussions.
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I usually get carried away and write big long review's for Scott Hahn's books but I'm going to this time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
As a lifelong committed Catholic, I was really surprised how much I learned. Really thorough starting from the biblical and psychiatric bases for the basic concept. Read morePublished 2 months ago by thomas nestor
I have read but two chapters. I am finding the material to be very germane to this Lenten season. Scott Hahn writes in a way which is thought provoking without being preachy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Judith Texas Lady
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... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Latita Perkins
A great book on the Sacrament of Confession. We need it. The Lord initiated it. The Church provides it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by drohan00