To the editor:
Why isn’t there a line around the block to go to confession? The Third Luminous Mystery of John Paul II is The Proclamation of the Kingdom (Reconciliation). Our late great Holy Father went to confession every day. What better way to maintain his innocence?
According to a priest on Catholic radio 1460 AM, the main job of the priest is to make the Holy Spirit present in the world through his parishioners. How can our priests know what spiritual trials we are going through if we do not call upon them to reconcile us to God, to get our sins forgiven? How can we live and proclaim the Kingdom if the Holy Spirit’s work in us is blunted by our own sinfulness? Is our absence from the confessional numbing our awareness of our own sin? How can our priests preach to us and minister to us on a daily basis if they do not know where we are on our respective spiritual journeys? It is the Holy Spirit speaking to us through the priest in confession. If we do not admit our sin and get washed clean, how can we find a point at which to start over?
If we don’t want to face our confessor at Sunday Mass, why not go to a different church for penance? I bet there won’t be a line around the block there either.