From a reader…
I know of your constant preaching about the need for confession, and so I thought to share my experience today.
I typically go to confession “when needed,” meaning when I perceive I have sinned in a grave matter, or on a monthly basis otherwise. I
(unfortunately) had such a need today and whilst traveling used the MassTimes website to locate a parish with scheduled confessions.
I traveled almost an hour out of my way to be there, and then stood in the freezing cold outside a locked church for ten minutes past the confession time. The bulletin, rectory phone service, and diocesan website all listed this as a time for confessions. After 20 minutes a janitor of some sorts informed me, through the locked door, that there would be no confessions but I was welcome to wait for mass in an hour when I could ask Father if he had time – I just had to wait outside.
I ended up driving to another parish with confessions an hour later, hoping for better luck. At this parish I came in 45 minutes early, and found Father sitting alone in the confessional. I was SO thankful I could receive the sacrament and SO thankful that confessions were available (and early!) that I’ve resolved to add this priest to my prayers for now – and of course the priest that disappointed me as well.
In any case, I have no question for you, I just wanted to share my confession anecdote since I read your blog daily. Many prayers.
GO TO CONFESSION!