Further to the previous blog and adding to St Faustina’s comments on confession, I have often wondered if her comments are sinful. Looking at them from the seal of confession, one could say if we know the Church teachings on this seal we know that the priest cannot break this seal unless we given him permission, and it had better be written and witnessed for any priest to accept it. We can if we want share what we confess with anyone, but we must not do it in such a a way the priest looks foolish in the practice of the ritual. My personal feeling is St Faustina committed no sin as she did not name the priests who afflicted her. Now let me give you an occasion or two of what I have experienced, by the way I am not a saint nor do I with knowledge of my actions and as a practicing catholic I can only say, “I wish to be one and wish I were”.
I am a Hebrew under the New Law, I mean catholic since the Early Church Fathers changed from Christian to Catholic in AD 122, differentiating ourselves from the Christian Gnostic Heresies of that time. The Jews are the Hebrews of the Old Law. Therefore, for me to examine my conscience I have to use the Laws of the New. I mean the two great commandments of Christ. “Love Me above all things and others as I have loved you”.
“Have I loved Christ enough this week?” I ask myself. I know I cannot as His Love is supreme, but I can say I have not made a true effort to be as Charitable as He did for me. What did a priest tell me when I started my confession that way. “You should not get into a “p-ing” contest with God”. Should our life not be about making an honest and sincere effort to be like Him?
“Have I loved my neighbor as God has loved me?” God has made me a Catholic in faith, and I have not shared all He has done for me, sharing somehow this knowledge, faith and salvation with others”. That too is very true for us all. Who amongst us has shared the truths of our faith, even with our next door neighbor. I am always cognizant of a great truth that affects us all and I always confess that I have without one moment of sorrow or remorse, broken promises to God easily. One I know of is during the Sacrament of Penance we make or the sacramental action cannot take place, that is we should make, mean, live and fulfill a firm purpose of amendment and avoid the occasions of sin. The second often as we leave the Church we sing hymns that are prayers. One I worry about is the L’Arche hymn, in it we promise, “Lord Jesus, I’ll tell every one about you wherever I go”. I never tell everyone, another broken promise.