Perfect Contrition Audio-Pamphlet

This podcast is actually a short audio-book. I originally believed it was by St. Alphonsus Liguori, but it’s actually by Fr. J. Von Den Driesch. I’m sorry for the confusion on that.  Still, it is a time-trusted old-book of the Catholic Church that was also distributed to the public in large quantities by America Needs Fatima. It was translated by Fr. Simon SJ to English, and it was turned into an audio recording in 1950. Because it is old, I found no copyrights, so I re-published it here. Because it is not an original, I did not publish this as a podcast, but I can say that this unknown treasure has been one of the most life-changing books in my priesthood. I think it will help everyone to discover (or re-discover!) the gift of supernatural faith. It is truly a treasure and a Golden Key to show that Perfect Contrition is not as hard as we thought.

Nota Bene: On the other side of the coin, there is a modern myth that perfect contrition is sufficient for the reception of Holy Communion if you are in mortal sin.  This is not true.  Notice that St. Alphonsus teaches that perfect contrition will relieve mortal sin or even original sin for salvation when in danger of death without a priest at hand.  However, sacramental confession of all mortal sins is still required for the reception of Holy Communion.  The new Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) upholds this teaching.

“The Office” Catholics

The Office is not a particularly edifying TV show and I would not recommend it for its secular world view.   I’ve never seen the UK version of The Office and I’ve only seen a few episodes of the American version.  Still, it struck me this week that the personalities (not the religious or political views) but the personalities of The Office characters seem to reflect the very personalities attracted to various movements of American Catholicism in the 21st century.

Notice equal-opportunity target-practice below:


JPII Catholics≈Jim

These are the young Catholics who want to make Catholicism look relevant. Jim Halpert is no neo-conservative on the TV show, but his personality is exactly what young neo-conservative Catholics like to be: cool but accessible.  Perhaps he is even hip, at least when compared with the stranger breeds who surround him.


Baby boomer Catholics≈Phyllis

Again, Phyllis Vance is not a Catholic in the TV show, but Wikia’s “The Office” describes her as “very depressed, lacks self-esteem and is somewhat eccentric.” Yes, baby-boomer Catholics represent.  Add a dash of harmless SJW in there, and you got it.



Cheerful and shallow


Traditionalists≈Angela and Dwight

The skin-tone screams “homeschooling-mommy-blogger.”

Dwight Schrute does not go to the Latin Mass, but he has what all Latin-Mass-men must come equipped with: weapons and conspiracy-theories.



Michael Scott thinks he’s figured out something no one else has, but really, he has not.



Oscar Martinez SJ?