January 2023 Articles Archive

Small steps make major progress

January 1, 2023 - 12:00am -- Living City

By Mary Gateshill

I’m waging a small and gentle battle against the rising costs of... everything. Sometimes I wonder if the tiny efforts I am making have any major impact on our budget and the environment.

Then, one day watching an 8-month-old grandchild making his way across a rug without officially crawling, I thought, “I am pleased for him, and he is delighted with himself.” What he achieved hasn’t saved the planet, but has brightened the day for all those around him.

And so I continue with my personal campaign! 

Prepare your heart

January 1, 2023 - 12:00am -- Living City

“The sacrament of penance raises a lot of questions. Can you offer some help? I’ve heard that the penitential rite, which opens the celebration of Mass, grants absolution for venial sins. Is this correct? The code of canon law states that the sacrament of penance is required for grave sins at least once a year, but only recommended (and not required) for venial sins. How can one differentiate a venial from a grave sin?”