My friend Fr. Martin Fox has a good post – directed at priests – about hearing confessions. HERE
I like his peroration…
Yes, it’s hard work, especially when you’ve got lots of other things to do, and that’s certainly true the week before Christmas, and Holy Week. But people WILL come to confession at those times. And if you preach about (and also practice in your own life) frequent confession, you can and will make a difference. I’ve seen it work; I’ve heard people say, “I heard you talk about confession at Mass…” “You kept hammering the point, I finally came…”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
GO TO CONFESSION!
And, Fathers, if you are NOT hearing the confessions of the souls entrusted to your care, you are in serious trouble and in peril of going to Hell.
Again, if souls are entrusted to your pastoral care… if you have the cura animarum… and you are not preaching about and teaching about this sacrament, if you are not preparing children and reminding adults about how to make a good confession, you are in danger.
Hell is real. Do you want to wind up there? And, as far as that “surely nobody is in Hell” B as in B – S as in S, … yeah. Go ahead and try that for a while. You know it’s BS. And God cannot be deceived.
Go have a look at Fr. Martin’s post.
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