Malta Minute with the Catechism: Mercy and Sin

  • Program #: 6
  • Description: God's unbounded mercy, as revealed in the gospel, is made visible through Jesus Christ. Jesus' very name means salvation for sinners, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Eucharist is the sacrament of redemption. There is a condition to God's mercy, however, and that is our knowledge and admission that we indeed have sinned and are in need of His mercy. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves the gospel of John reminds us. But if we confess our guilt, God will mercifully cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Blessed John Paul II asserted that "conversion requires convincing of sin." So, just as a physician must probe a wound before treating it, God must cast a living light on sin. But along with the sting of conscience comes the salve of the certainty of redemption, so the Holy Spirit is both surgeon and consoler. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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