[quote=John_Henry]I believe everything. But when it comes to my pet sins, I am so sure I am truly, deep down, ready to part with them. God help me.
I will say, though, that, from that article, it appears that your priest kicks some serious booty.
He did in fact, kick some serious booty, as you say. He cast that net of admonition and snared me good. This is why I feel our pastors and priests need to do this more often as it makes you think. If all they talk about is God’s love and mercy, then why in Sam Hill would we contemplate God’s justice?
I got the distinct feeling that such a priest who went through that kind of effort needed to hear a confession like mine as much as I needed a priest like him to hear it. I finally got tired of playing games with confession, running from priest to priest and basically it got easy to find the ones who wouldn’t ask questions. Shame on me! I told him I did that and that I felt God was telling me to stop the nonsense.
His article got me thinking deeply enough that it extracted something I hadn’t expected - that I didn’t agree with a particular church teaching, was ignoring it, and therefore, only did a “half-hearted job” of fixing the problem - just as he stated. I finally reconciled with the teaching realizing that I had to obey it, THEN I needed to understand it - in that order.
Once I did that I felt God telling me to tell him what I had been doing, why I was doing it, and what attitudes were involved.
The closet is now empty!!!