barrister Posted: Aug 5 2003, 10:29 PM
I have deep seated traditionalist feelings about "reconciliation." First of all, it will always be "confession" to me. Confession is simply so apt a name for it. That is what I do in recognizing my humanly weaknesses. I almost revel in the fear and loathing while waiting for it. The exhiliration of the sacrament -- realizing God loved me the entire time -- upon receiving the sacrament and kneeling while doing my penance is a high I have loved since a child.
Secondly, I like to go "in the box." I do not want my confession to turn into a good-natured counseling session of my station in life. The face-to-face is good for some people, but I still love the gloom of the box with its smell of incense and mystical beauty. Even the priest handles the matter more formally in the box, and when he adds a personal touch or words of comfort, they seem to mean so much more.
Of course, my family thinks I am a dinosaur so what do I know.
Christina Posted: Aug 8 2003, 01:34 PM
My preferenc is to go 'behind the curtain' or 'screen'. It just feels more, like you said, "formal." I've gone to Confession face to face with the Priest and you're right, it turned out to be a more chatty then I wanted. But, then again, I've had awesome Confessions face to face as well. I guess it just depends on the Priest and his mood for the day.
Does it really matter where you sit or kneel during Confession? After all, you are there to be forgiven by Jesus. He can see you where ever you are.
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mike Posted: Nov 18 2003, 01:57 AM
I love confession. It is humbling and my pride needs it so much.I have discussed confession so many times with my children and their friends. I find that in the Church today that this noble sacrament is not explained or perhaps taught correctly. It used to be,the Priest asked who with, why, what, where and how often. He did not ask for names, it was a standard question to see what the depth of sin was and was it a habit, perhaps a sin of incontinence, was it calumny or detraction, was it wilful or just silly and maybe a slip. Our penance was then never some Reader's Digest happy action but one that made us realise the awfulness of our actions.I have been amused as St Faustina was as she wrote of Confession in her diary at the penance given in the confessional today. "Do a random act of Charity". If any Catholic has to do a random act then he is not practicing the acts of Charity we have to do,that is the spiritual and corporal acts of mercy.
I shall never forget Sister Joseph of the Sisters of St Vincent de Paul who taught me, Michael you will never go to heaven without Confession. She was right. Confession should be often. The Church teaches through the Rubrics of Indulgences that we will only stay in a state of grace for 2 weeks. She is our Mother and knows best for us.
Some of you will say that is not necessary the Church says once a year. But be warned She also says also go after grave sins. Examine yourself Christ said love me above all things. Have you this week watched TV or read newspapers when you could have been praying? He prayed continually for us. Have you loved your neighbors enough.? By the grace of God you have been taught to be catholic. Have you done as much for your neighbor?
Katholish Posted: Feb 4 2004, 10:53 PM
The Church teaches through the Rubrics of Indulgences that we will only stay in a state of grace for 2 weeks. She is our Mother and knows best for us.
Mike, do you mean by that, that we necessarily lose a State of Grace after about two weeks?
On the main issue though, I entirely prefer to have confession in the confessional, and not face to face