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The Wilderness of the Confessional

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The Wilderness of the Confessional

Mark 1:40-45 [Leprosy] was a feared disease, and its victims were shunned because of their disfiguring stigmata—collapsed facial bones, fingers, and toes, with the hands and feet ultimately rotted away. Leprosy was among the first diseases identified as contagious. Early societies took measures to shield their healthy members from contagion: lepers were obliged to wear distinctive clothing and carry a bell to warn others of their presence, or they were segregated in lazarettos, precursors of quarantine stations and isolation hospitals. (source) We are given the impression that perhaps Jesus is alone in the wilderness on the outskirts of a town...

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The Wilderness of the Confessional

Posted by James Hahn on

Mark 1:40-45
[Leprosy] was a feared disease, and its victims were shunned because of their disfiguring stigmata—collapsed facial bones, fingers, and toes, with the hands and feet ultimately rotted away. Leprosy was among the first diseases identified as contagious. Early societies took measures to shield their healthy members from contagion: lepers were obliged to wear distinctive clothing and...

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Are you far enough away from the hole?

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If you've ever killed someone, please raise your hand. Okay, put your hand down. The vast majority of us have never purposefully taken the life of another human being. If you have, I invite you to seek the counsel of a good priest and confessor. Of all the people I know in my life, I've only known, and been friends with, one convicted murderer. He did his time, I loved him like a brother, and he...

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