Interesting penance service experience


About a month ago, I went to my parish’s Advent penance service. My confession was heard by an elderly Passionist priest I had never met before.

The priest was very kind. He advised me to call upon the Holy Spirit for help when faced with temptation, advice I had never heard before. Then, he gave me his crucifix to hold while he gave me absolution. It was a great experience.

I just wondered if this is part of the Passionist charism, or just an interesting personal habit of one priest.


I personally bring a small crucifix with me to confession - and look at it during absolution.


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