In the previous blogs before this one, I have written some thoughts, not all were mine, on the Sacrament of reconciliation, or penance or confession. Many do not use this sacrament and very few of the priests do not start back in horror. They should be horrified at such an insulting rejection of the teachings and providential act of Christ in two things. One the rejection of them (priests) in the mystery of Christ’s action in creating the priesthood for the forgiveness of sins. Two, in the pride of the laity’s rejection when they say I confess my sins to God. Where in the New Testament does it say confess directly to Me. There are I will admit extenuating circumstances, emergencies when in danger of death, priests are not available. I believe Jesus said to the Apostles whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven. Did I ask you, the writers of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit lie? Priests for the sake of the souls placed into your protection, you should be begging from the altar, “Please come to me for forgiveness. Let me help you. Help me so I can do what God has given me, the reason for my vocation. I mean lead you all to God, pure and forgiven. Ask yourself a very deep question if a priest never offered one mass but heard only one confession, how many souls would be saved? Confessing to God might be allowed, but to Catholics who have been given much, of which the paramount gift is our redemption through the sacraments of Christ, installed in the Church. Saved is a euphemism for redemption and salvation. The true understanding of the word should be. When we close our eyes in repose here on earth, we open them in Heaven, resurrected with Christ. Too many take dreadful chances with their souls. Who can say that God hears and forgives them? The New Testament does not say so but Christ did tell the Apostles, without me spinning His words, to forgive sins. That is not deniable. No matter what fools deny.
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.