Discover the key to spiritual growth
Jesus told his first clergy, "If you forgive
the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sin of any, they are retained."
In Lord, Have Mercy, Scott Hahn explores the sacrament of Reconciliation and
shows why it is the key to spiritual growth, particularly in these times of intense
anxiety and uncertainty.
on the best sources
Drawing on the history
of ancient Israel, the Gospels, the writings of the early Church, and the lives of the
saints, Hahn reveals the living, scriptural heart of the Church's teachings on penance,
forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Catholic and biblical perspective
It is a story that
begins with the sin of Adam and Eve, continues in the biographies of Moses, King David,
and the Apostle Peter, and reverberates in the lives of believers today. Hahn presents the
Catholic and biblical perspective on sin and mercy, elucidating in clear, easily
understood language the true import of Jesus' simple, yet profound promise "I
am the door; if anyone enters by Me, he will be saved" (John 10:9).
Like Hahn's earlier
books, Lord, Have Mercy offers thoughtful, authoritative insights into
controversial issues and disputed doctrines in a manner that will enlighten lay readers,
yet is thorough enough for scholars to appreciate.
for the perplexed
More than just a Bible study, it is a
guide for the perplexed, providing practical advice and inspiration that will help readers
come to a deeper knowledge of themselves and of Jesus through the sacrament of Penance.
"Scott Hahns Lord,
Have Mercy is a thoughtful exposition of the sacrament of confession. With a lively
blend of personal insights and theological acumen, this gifted author gets to the heart of
the matter of confession: how it is anticipated in the Old Testament, how it is presented
in the New Testament, and how necessary it is for the spiritual life today. I recommend
this book to all who desire a clear and elegant presentation of the Churchs
understanding of confession." Edward Cardinal Egan,
Archbishop of New York
"Scott Hahn has done
it again! With a style that is engaging and a content that is challenging, he lays out the
scriptural foundation for repentance and confession, the history of the development of the
sacrament, a lucid theology, and a practical guide for those who find confession
difficult: The more we need it, he so rightly says, the less we seem to
want it. This book will be an eye-opener for those who think all they need is to
tell God theyre sorry. For all it is a convincing testimony why, like bathing, we
need confession often." Reverend George T. Montague, S.M.