From a reader:
Dear Fr Z
Until today, I had not been to confession (and therefore not taken Communion) this calendar year. My spiritual life was decaying and I was “lapsing”, having lost trust and hope in the saving grace of the Lord.
The severity and frequency of your posts on the importance of a good confession led me to unconsciously change direction in Church this evening, finding myself at the door of the confessional. Mass was emotional and sustaining; and my faith restored.
Your phrase “just GO” will stick in my mind for years.
Be assured of my continued prayers for you, and many thanks.
Thanks for that. If I am sometimes “severe” in my language about the results of NOT going to confession, I am so because the main reasons why I was ordained was to save my own soul and help as many people get to heaven as possible. Sometimes the quiet and gentle needs to be strengthened by the hard facts of the Four Last Things.
Ponder the Four Last Things a little every single day.
I find that Mystic Monk Coffee helps.