It is of critical importance that we rebuild, revive the use of the Sacrament of Penance. One way to start would be to hear confessions for a few minutes before Masses.
From a reader:
I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that there has been a great increase in the amount of discussion about confession and I thought you might like to hear this story.
A few years ago I used to have to beg and beg to get the local priest to hear my confession. I won’t go into details as I’m sure you don’t want to just read a list of complaints but it was tough.
Anyway, suffice to say I had trouble getting the old priest to hear my confession. Then a couple of years ago the priest was moved (I had nothing to do with it, I think they all just move around every so often). We got a new pastor who also gave me lots of excuses why he couldn’t hear my confession. Luckily there was another priest from another country assigned to help him. He was happy the hear my confessions any time I would ask. I could just show up at some random time and if he was there he would hear my confession. He said that that pastor wouldn’t allow him to set certain hours for confession and publish them for the parish but that he would keep an open door policy for anyone. It turned out that I would usually ask him about an hour before Mass and there has never been a problem.
Then something happened. I guess the word got out to everyone else because now it’s not just me. I come to the Church an hour before Mass as usual but now there is usually a line. He’s usually in the confessional right up to about five minutes to the start of Mass. So on the one hand I feel very happy that everyone now has a chance to go to confession but I also feel a bit responsible for causing more work for the priest who was so generous of his time to hear my confessions in the first place.
Brick by brick.