July 28, 2010

Don't Give Up

People who minimize the reasons for the Sacrament of Confession will make up all kinds of reasons why it’s useless, pointless,ridiculous,embarrasing and unecessary-any reason to explain why they refuse to go and why you should too. Oh, and the all-time favorite excuse is: Vatican II “did away with” Confession. Strangely, if that’s true many parishes never got that memo. Some parishes may have made their Mass look like a free-for-all but they still offer Confessions on Saturdays!

Some people I know used to say it was ridiculous to keep telling the same stupid sins over and over and over again.

They got it partly right. Sin is stupid. Yes, don’t we frequently have the same sins? I know I do. Over and over again I’ve had to repeat them to the Lord’s servant, the priest in the Confessional.

I never seem to learn but that doesn’t mean give up and quit.

What parent will quit telling their child “no” and hope that the child will just quit acting up because they will it? Exactly, the same as our Lord tries to tell us. The Lord continually says “no” to our sinful actions. Hopefully, if we hear the “no” often enough it will finally sink in and we will quit doing that which we shouldn’t.

Keep using the Sacrament of Confession. Don’t give up. It will make you a better person.


Blogger belinda said...

As I've said many times before, confession has changed my life and I'm a better person because of it and not just on a spiritual level and even if I cant seem to beat my same 'ol same 'ol sins.

I'm having a problem right now, one that I've never had before. I have a priest who gives me weird penances and I don't know what to do. I'm not allowed to complain about them (though shamefully I have) but I cant do them either. Except when he tells me to take a nap. I do them but I'm not happy about it.

For example- when my children go back to school (2-3 weeks away yet) I'm supposed to go out with a girlfriend and treat myself to a champagne breakfast and not do anything all day.... Well what happens until then? I wont be able to do that penence for a while. Do I still go to communion?

1) What is a champage breakfast?
2) I have no friends- by choice. Does it count if I take Buster? (Our dog)
3) How am I supposed to pay for it given that I'm poor now because I've sunk every single penny into the children and the airconditioner.
4)If I dont do anything all day what about childrens laundry and their meals?
These penances of doing something nice for myself are the hardest and silliest ones to me to pull off.

Do you have any advice?

July 30, 2010 3:21 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

I think you are allowed to request an alternate penance if the one given is not possible. Or, go to another priest?

July 30, 2010 4:45 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

Vince, I know it sounds strange to say but I'm not normal and neither is my family life and I don't think my priest understands the demands or dynamics of a large family- He doesn't have many to deal with. I can only think of one other large family in our parish and their children are grown. Really, I don't think he can relate to me at all but then additionally throw in my "odd" personality and he cant figure out what to do with me.

I haven't been able to find a confessor who can correct me - as I need to be or to spend any length of time getting to know me to provide spiritual direction which again I feel I need other wise I'd just as well be a Charismatic Catholic running my mouth off any which way I feel the spirit lead me.

Oh, Miss Cathy, I forgot, this isn't a private email to Vince.. so sorry dear. I had better stop

July 30, 2010 5:18 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

"really, I don't think he can relate to me at all.."

Ok then let's go eat the bacon-champagne-Veuve breakfast w/ Cathy and we can tell people "the priest told us to!"

July 30, 2010 6:47 PM  
Blogger belinda said...

I'm IN!!
You, me and Cathy,
do we have to take Terry, I've heard he can be kinda grumpy. hahahaha

Oh, heck he can come too!! Bring your check book Mr.T. hahahaha ;)

Do you ever wonder if the people you blog with would even like you in person? I wonder, and giggle.

July 30, 2010 6:54 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

"Do you ever wonder if the people you blog with would even like you in person? I wonder, and giggle."

Everyone would like you! Your priest sounds interesting.
"You are sending me to Norm's to go get the 'Lumberjack Breakfast with stack of 3 Hotcakes with 3 Eggs, 3 strips of Bacon and 3 Link Sausages, plus Hash Browns?' Okay if I have to..."

July 30, 2010 7:29 PM  
Blogger Subvet said...

On not giving up; I attended an AA meeting once where "Don" related how after a year of showing up at meetings half-stewed he was feeling ready to toss in the towel on recovering from alcoholism. Then he heard another member speak of how HE had spent his first few years doing the same until the program "took".

At the time "Don" related this he had gone almost twenty years without a drink. He credited hearing the other man's story with giving him the perseverance to keep coming back.

Even if you fall flat on your face, you're still moving forward.

August 01, 2010 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once I confessed a serious sin to our priest, only to be told that it wasn't really that serious (I'd missed Mass at Easter, and hadn't made Easter Duty)... He described Easter Duty as an "optional devotion"! Now, IIRC, that's one of the Precepts of the Church -- is it really optional? That is the kind of advice I get when I go -- and it's hard to get there, since Confession is rarely offered. I've been wanting to go for a long time, and am in great need of some kind of spiritual direction, but feel I'm not going to get it at our parish -- or any other in the area.

for obvious reason, I won't use my real name.


August 01, 2010 9:02 PM  
Blogger kkollwitz said...

"People...will make up all kinds of reasons why it’s useless..."

I doubt anyone who drags themselves into the confessional feels this way after. Humility hurts when you go in; feels great when you come out. I liken confession to donating blood: the anticipation hurts more than the thing itself.

You are right, it does make you a better person.

August 05, 2010 8:39 AM  

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