THE GIFT OF CONFESSION: Fr Michael de Stoop
A Positive Approach to the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Foreword by George Cardinal Pell
Paperback, 153 pages.
$19.95 (Price includes GST)
Our consumer society has conditioned us to ask ourselves such things as,
“What do I get out of it? What is in it for me?” Rather than fight against this
mentality, why not use it in our efforts to help people have a renewed interest
in Confession? Surely the best way to help people appreciate this sacrament is
to elucidate the many benefits we receive from it. To that end, this book
focuses on 25 striking things Confession affords. This positive approach is a
welcome alternative to viewing this sacrament simply in relation to sin. It
demonstrates that Confession gives us much more than it takes away! Taking
“negative” things (sin) away is one thing for which this sacrament is well
known, but how many people think of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in terms of
the “positive” things it provides for us? It is informative and entertaining as
it is illustrated with interesting analogies, true stories, Church teaching,
quotes from the saints and answers to popular questions.
Fr Michael de Stoop is a priest of the
Archdiocese of Sydney. He was ordained in 2001 and is currently an Assistant to
the Dean at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. He is also the Cardinal’s Deputy
Master of Ceremonies, the Archdiocesan Director of Vocations, the Catholic
Youth Services Chaplain, and the State Chaplain for the Knights of the Southern
Cross. He is the author of the book, Spiritual Direction: Who is it for
& What are its Benefits?
“The Gift of Confession is a timely and positive exposition of Church
teaching regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The rich theology
of the sacrament expressed in a clear manner, invites the reader to a
new appreciation of its integral place in the spiritual life of every
Catholic. It is a valuable resource for religious educators as they
communicate the life giving nature of this sacrament."
John Graham, Assistant Director
Religious Education & Faith Services, Catholic Education Office, Lismore
“Given the fall
off in recent years it is refreshing to find a book that urges people to take
up again the practice of confessing their sins. Readers will be moved and
convinced by the real spiritual benefits of Confession. These benefits go
beyond the forgiveness of sins to the wider and perhaps, today, the more
fundamental matter of reorienting ones life towards
Christ. This is a book about God’s unfailing mercy.”
Most Rev B
J Hickey, Archbishop of Perth
“At a time when the Sacrament of Penance needs to be re-discovered,
this book focuses on the great gift of God’s mercy in a way that will
help many, especially perhaps the young, to see anew the power and
beauty of what the Church offers in the name of Jesus”.
+Archbishop Mark Coleridge
We often hear that the Sacrament of reconciliation is in crisis today.
But every crisis is a ‘growing pain’. Indeed, many people today are
discovering that this wonderful sacrament does far more than alleviate
guilt; it brings the penitent into the loving embrace of the Father. I
pray that this gem of a book brings more and more people to this
- Rev Fr Michael Kennedy P.P., S.T.L.
I would have heard more confessions that Fr De Stoop has had hot meals,
but he has taught me so much, reminded me of so much, and shown the way
to yet more in my use of this Sacrament both sides of the grille. Yes,
this book is truly a gem.
- Gregory Jordan, S.J.
This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 18 August, 2007.