Episode 28: The Sacrament of Reconciliation
March 15th, 2022
50 mins 10 secs
About this Episode
Archbishop discusses the Sacrament of Reconciliation, including its basis in Sacred Scripture, its importance in the lives of faithful Catholics, and some of his personal experiences as a penitent.
0:20 – Mike and Mary greet Archbishop Vigneron and our hosts catch up on the past month.
1:10 – Archbishop Vigneron talks about the experiencing of ordaining Bishop Jeffrey Walsh, the new bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan.
2:20 – Mary asks the Archbishop about celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Aloysius in downtown Detroit, a tradition for many years for the bishops of Detroit. Archbishop Vigneron also discusses the practice of marking foreheads with ashes on Ash Wednesday.
5:00 – Mary asks the Archbishop to reflect on the experience of having members of the choir from Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church present for Ash Wednesday Mass.
8:30 – Archbishop Vigneron talks about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, its basis in Sacred Scripture, how it can be helpful for one’s soul, and some practical advice for those wishing to make a good Confession.
19:15 – Mike asks the Archbishop to explain the difference between venial and mortal sins.
21:45 – Archbishop Vigneron elaborates on why Catholics confess their sins to priests, who are standing in for Christ, rather than confessing directly to God in private prayer.
26:35 – Mary asks the Archbishop to explain the Seal of the Confessional, the obligations it places on priests, and what it means for penitents.
31:10 – Mary asks the Archbishop to explain how the Sacrament of Reconciliation can help Catholics grow in holiness.
33:20 – Mike asks the Archbishop to explain some of the formation that seminarians receive to help them become good confessors.
37:25 – Archbishop Vigneron, Mike, and Mary recall their first experience of Confession.
40:15 – Archbishop Vigneron recalls one of the more profound experiences he’s had as a penitent.
42:30 – Archbishop Vigneron answers listener questions about how the faithful are benefiting from Families of Parishes, which disciple he most identifies with, and his advice for a Californian moving to Detroit.
48:30 – Archbishop shares his prayer intentions for the month and closes the episode with a prayer and blessing.