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(LifeSiteNews) — On this week’s episode of The Bishop Strickland Show, Bishop Joseph Strickland discusses our duty to repent, confess our sins, imitate Christ, and pray for our bishops and priests, especially Pope Francis.

Bishop Strickland reminds us just how big of a deal all sins are, even the venial sins we’re inclined to easily dismiss. He calls sin a rejection of the truth and a rejection of God’s plan for our lives.

“Probably for most people, most of their sins are venial, but if they don’t pay attention to them, they keep you. You build momentum going away from the plan of God, from the path of God,” he says. “Ignoring the reality of sin, it is people not realizing really what sin is. It’s not just breaking a rule, but it’s violating the very core of who we are, because we’re created in the image and likeness of God.”

When we sin, we ought to get back up as quickly as possible, go to confession, and resolve with firm purpose of amendment to turn away from sin and grow in virtue. It’s a timely message for Lent, but it’s also a message we all need to hear.

“I know in my own life as I seek to overcome sinfulness, it really does invigorate me to keep going deeper and to keep striving more for what we call the ‘universal call to holiness’ that comes right out of the documents of Vatican II,” His Excellency says. “And it certainly wasn’t a brand new idea, but the emphasis was new, that you’re as called to holiness as I am … [A] husband and a wife, a mother and a father, a child and a teenager, we’re all called to holiness.”

Bishop Strickland also discusses the importance of praying for our priests, bishops, and Pope Francis. He says the best way to honor and support the Holy Father is to do what he, like the rest of us, is doing: repent and follow Jesus Christ ever more closely.

To watch all previous episodes of The Bishop Strickland Showclick here to visit LifeSite’s Rumble page dedicated to The Bishop Strickland Show.

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