It seems there is a lot of trepidation relative to going to confession. Maybe this post will help people approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation without fear…
My question is What were your experiences in confession? Were you afraid, and if so, did the priest manage to lay your fears aside? Were you glad that you went? Did your experiences strengthen you so that you would not experience such a great deal of fear in the future?
Back in April of 2006, I went to confession for the first time in 40 years. I’d been a lax mass goer (Christmas and Easter) and away from the Church in general for a long, long time.
I’d done something that tormented me greatly, and the confessional seemed to be the best thing that I could do.
I went and told the priest that I had not confessed in almost 40 years – and I will never forget what he told me. He said “Welcome back to the Catholic Church. God has called you back to his flock and you are home again” I went on with my confession and I have to admit that I had tears in my eyes the whole time. It was a life saving experience for me.
I get nervous before going into the confessional… I guess everyone does – but I don’t really experience the embarassment and fear so much anymore.
Did you experience something similar?