I used to be afraid and embarrassed. Now, I realize that Jesus’ forgiveness is much more important and we really only need to fear NOT BEING honest more than BEING honset. Somehow we all think our sins and issues are weirder than everyone elses whether they be those sick thoughts, sexual sins, hatred, anger, slefishness … Guess what? We humans are probably not as different as we think we are and we probably all share similar experiences in the spiritual struggle.
The only thing I DON’T LIKE is when a priest does not seem to stand with the Church on what IS a sin and what IS NOT a sin. We have some serious problems in this area today with all the dissent, etc. and it’s very painful to confess to these priests because you have to somehow accept that they teach against the Church but they forgive your sins. As I say, there’s some very serious issues here.
I’ve been called scrupulous when I really just wanted to please God and be holy. It’s very painful because it rips at the very core of our spirituality in the depths of the confessional. Satan has slithered into all kinds of areas these days.
The Catholic commission on the sex abuse referred to the “Smoke of Satan” that has been operating even among clergy.
This seems to be one of the greatest problems today, not the embarrassment of our sins.