Lesson 10: Mea Culpa

Listen to today’s Lenten Lesson: Mea Culpa

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Do you remember how Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony begins?

Hi, this is Fr. Rocky, with our Tenth Lenten Lesson on the Mass.

Beethoven’s Fifth begins with just four notes.  But he repeats it over and over, because anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

The same thing happens in the Confiteor when we repeat just four syllables: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, which is the Latin original for, “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault!”

We say that three times because important truths need to be repeated over and over again, or we just don’t get it.  Much like a mother who shouts “Do not touch it!!” three times – and each time louder!  — as her little boy runs to touch the whistling teapot. “Don’t touch it!”

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Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, "Fr. Rocky" is the Executive Director/CEO of Relevant Radio and a priest of Opus Dei.