From a reader in my email:
Dear Fr. Z,
My sincere thanks and gratitude to you for your ministry. After a 16 year absence I returned to the Sacrament of Holy Confession for the first time this evening. After some gentle encouragement from my husband, and in large part due to your frequent discussion of the Holy Sacrament on your blog, I finally found the strength to return. At first I was a little afraid because most of the stations they had set up were face to face – I almost lost my nerve, but your words echoed in my mind – “Just do it!” and I found myself face to face with the most gentle and compassionate priest I could have ever hoped for – the good Lord knew exactly what I needed and provided it for me abundantly. I was able to let go of so many of the terrible sins that had weighed me down for years and am filled with JOY knowing that this Easter I will be able to receive Holy Communion in a state of grace and with my husband. Thank you, Father, you have helped to change my life and strengthen my faith in untold ways. May God bless and keep you always. You are in my prayers.
Everyone… please go to confession.
Fathers… please hear confessions.