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The loss of heaven, the fear of hell

Growing up as a Roman Catholic, like the rest of my generation, I was taught a prayer called, The Act of Contrition. Every Catholic back then had to memorize it and say it during or after going to confession. The prayer started this way: Oh, my God, I am truly sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all of my sins because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell.

Msgr. Meulemans a model of mentorship

Nemo dat quod non habet. This Latin phrase has shown up several times in the last six months. The first time occurred in a talk at our annual seminary retreat in August. I then saw it in Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s book “Priests of the Third Millennium” this fall.

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