I suspect that most of you readers know that I often shout at you: GO TO CONFESSION! I did so yesterday, several times. This morning I received this.
From a reader:
I wanted to thank you for always pushing confession. I went to confession for the first time in nine years tonight. It was my son’s first confession night, and I wanted to both set a good example for him and cleanse my soul. I used your steps for making a good confession, which really helped. Afterwards it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I do not plan on waiting nine years – or even nine months – before I return to confession.
My confessor tonight was patient and kind. He listened, gave me some brief but useful advice and encouragement, and then absolved me using the proper form. Nothing too lovey-dovey, nothing too harsh, nothing to hokey-pokey – just respectful and proper responses. The priest almost seemed to admire me for my strength for confessing my sins.
To your priest readers, I encourage them to please be like this confessor. Be strong, be respectful, and encourage those who confess. Say the Black, Do the Red. Nothing more, nothing less.
Thanks for all that you and all the good priests do. Many prayers!
If this blog ever served any purpose, THAT, dear friends, is it.