From a reader:
I have a guilty conscience regarding the irreverence towards the Blessed Sacrament.
I was alone during a middle of the night Holy Hour in our Adoration Chapel when I had a run in with a large and very aggressive spider. It scared the bejeebers out of me. I tried to kill it by stepping on it, but it was too fast for me at such an hour of the night.
At that point I completely forgot about the Blessed Sacrament, and went on a manhunt determined to kill this spider in the chapel.
Unfortunately it ran into the “sanctuary” part of the chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is kept and only the priest is permitted to go into, so I had to give up my manhunt. [arachnid hunt?]
I feel quite bad now that I think about it. Sometimes I forget that the Blessed Sacrament is more than just bread, and I didn’t show proper reverence to it. Do I need to confess this?
Large, fast aggressive spider. What could go wrong?
No, given the circumstances and your intentions. I don’t think you have to confess this.
Italians think well of spiders and consider having one around is good luck. In a Roman Catholic Chapel spiders might be given a break. The real problems come about when one of them winds up in Father’s chalice during Mass. I have written about that before. But that’s Father’s problem, not yours.
That said, perhaps you could – next time … and there will be a next time because that spider and his friends are obviously after you – use a liturgical beretta.