S1E12 - Unit 11: Jesus gave the Apostles and the Church the power to forgive sins

The Real + True Podcast

Sep 2 2022 • 30 mins

Show Notes: (00:11) Your hosts Emily and Edmund welcome you to the Unit 11 podcast. This unit’s theme is: Jesus gave the Apostles and the Church the power to forgive sins. These videos cover Catechism paragraphs https://www.catholiccrossreference.online/catechism/#!/search/976-987 (976-987): Proclamation video: Is there room for mercy in the justice system? Explanation video: How does the Catholic Church forgive sins? Connection video: How to forgive (and why it's important)(05:55) The Proclamation video is discussed: Edmund shares about his own experience with justice and reconciliation. Emily shares that her father studied restorative justice and how this shifted her vision for how reconciliation can happen in a society. Edmund shares that he is inspired by those who have hopeful dreams for the legal system. They hosts express gratitude to our animation team and their new brainstorming for the next set of Catechism videos. (11:27) Stand out Catechism paragraph: Edmund’s favorite passage was CCC 982 There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. "There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest. Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to anyone who turns away from sin.” This struck Edmund because he felt “the gates of forgiveness” was a beautiful image for how gracious God is toward us. Emily chose: CCC 979 - "If the Church has the power to forgive sins, then Baptism cannot be her only means of using the keys of the Kingdom of heaven received from Jesus Christ. the Church must be able to forgive all penitents their offenses, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives.”(17:06) Explanation video: “Has it ever been hard for you to forgive?” Emily highlights that God desires to forgive us, and that we would forgive each other. Edmund shares that making these videos prompted him to really ask himself, “do I really believe in forgiveness?” (23:32) Connection: practical application of forgiveness. This video gives a step-by-steep guide to how to ask for forgiveness, and offer forgiveness to others. Emily shares that her dream for this video is that it would help people who are dealing with unforgiveness find peace through forgiveness. Edmund underlines that forgiveness is hard, and that it takes courage and God’s grace to live in a culture of forgiveness. Thanks for listening!

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