From a transitional deacon:
I’m an avid reader of the blog. I have noticed how often you mention confession in the blog and wanted to relay this short little bit of my experience this weekend.
I’m a newly ordained transitional Deacon and have been placed in a parish for weekend ministry. I preached on the Gospel on Zacchaeus about how we need to begin to reflect on our lives, about who we are, about why we are here, and that we need to be like Zacchaeus and become saints who base our lives and identity in Jesus Christ.
Towards the end of my homily I mentioned the beauty of confession as the encounter with the merciful love of Jesus that grants us freedom and new life.
Well, after one of the Masses I had 3 people come up to me asking me when they could go to confession (and I had questions about confession at other Masses as well). So I told them they could even go see the priest right now and he would hear their confessions. One person came up to me to thank me for mentioning confession and that it was the first time in 50 years she had heard confession mentioned in a homily.
I don’t say this to boast, but rather to point out how sad it is that someone has gone 50 years without hearing the sacrament of confession mentioned!
Anyways, just want to thank you for encouraging confession and to let others know that if confession is presented as something truly transformative, truly life giving, truly freeing, then people will go!
People don’t go because they are not being told about the beauty of this sacrament.
Do I hear an “Amen!”?