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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Regular Confession - An integral part of Discernment

With thanksgiving to God for his limitless mercy and with thanks also to all the Priests out there who dedicate themselves to hearing the confessions of the faithful, I had the opportunity to attend Confession before Mass this morning. What a wonderful privilege it is for us to approach the Throne of Grace and Mercy in confidence and know that when we emerge from the Confessional we are again no longer that 2 minutes old!

Regular Confession is a must for all those seriously discerning a vocation. For those of us considering a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate we must get to know ourselves very well before we attempt to get to know those whom we will be serving in the name of Christ. Confession gives us the excuse to think about ourselves. Regular attendance at Holy Mass gives us the mirror we need in which we see ourselves reflected as we exist before Christ at that moment in time.

One thing I have noticed of late is that the screen is being used more and more for one on one Confession which in my mind is a very welcome thing. Almost every place about here that offers regular confession does so now in a Confessional where the Priest is completely separated from the Penitent  by a wall or screen that contains an grid through which sins are confessed and counsel and absolution given. I for one am thankful for this arrangement is very rich in symbolism. I love going into the dark and after a few moments emerging into the light reconciled with God and neighbour.

I now know why Mother Angelica used to day that when you have offered your penance to the Lord in reparation for your sins, GO CELEBRATE!!!
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MĂșlier, ecce fĂ­lius tuus, Totus Tuus! Fergal

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