I was at confession last saturday and sure the church had people in it. Most were preparing for the 5:00pm mass and were practicing in the choir. Some were praying with rosaries in the pews… I sat alone by the confessional.
The priest was not in there. I waited and waited… and then thought this was almost a cruel joke that I made the effort to go to church and seek the sacrament of reconciliation. I needed it badly. I wanted to cry sitting there listening to people chatting and tuning instruments.
Finally Fr. came by and looked at me and said “are you here for confession?” I nodded. He took another 10 minutes before heading into the booth.
I have only been to him once before about 5 months ago… and he remembered me. ! ! Does that mean nobody else goes? I am not saying this in a sense that I am judging people who don’t go to confession. In fact, I know I am a sinner and perhaps the other people in church are just doing a better job at keeping temptations at bay.
I feel like confession is now… so obsolete. The priest also had nothing to say to my sins. He just asked me to say three Hail Mary’s. No clarification on my sins or any advise.
I just feel alone there. I know Jesus is with me, but I still feel alone and … I feel like I am doing something “old school” by going to confession as nobody seems to go anymore.
What do you guys think? I am sure you experience much of the same. Do I need to go to a Latin Mass church to find a good confessional?