I went to confession today and father was very harsh with me. He also gave me two decades of the rosary to say for my penance.
My sins were not outrageous or anything. I certainly didn’t kill anyone. Same old, same old.
I’ve been trying to go regularly as it seems to be common advice for those trying to overcome some habitual sins. I think what set him off was that my last confession was pretty recent. I thought it would be better though to get to confession again as quickly as possible instead of waiting.
I also often confess presumption along with my sins. I think this is what upset him the most. But I have to do this every time because I know of the sacrament of confession. I always know that I’ll be coming back to confession at some point. Once you are aware of confession and that you’ll be going again sometime, isn’t presumption a given? Or am I misunderstanding something?
Confession experiences can be so different. Sometimes the priest is so very gentle and understanding. Other times it’s like he’s not even paying attention. And then once in a while they are calling down fire and brimstone.
Do you have similar experiences? Do you find that when the priest is harsh that you shape up quicker than if he’s not? Or do you find it more helpful when he’s not so harsh?
I can understand the occasional kick in the pants to a penitent, but this has me wondering if I shouldn’t go quickly back to confession if I fall again. :shrug: