- Say your sins, Father absolves them - in-and-out
- Maybe some spiritual direction/advice - a little longer in length
- Depends situationally
- Other (Comment below)
Personally, I’m an in-and-outer…
I go to confession to my spiritual director. I count on his knowledge of my spiritual life to inform his comments and penance. And he comes through.
Sometimes I ask the priest for advice on how to avoid a sin or what prayers I can say to help me to try to amend my life.
The only time I keep Father longer is when I need advice on how to avoid falling into the same sin again, a small article blessed by him, or when I have a spiritual question.
In a way still trying to figure it out because I have not been many times. Definitely behind the screen and it’s nice to know someone is there. In my prior confessions though the priest always ends up talking a good bit after I list my sins. The last time I went he interjected almost after every statement and I was in there about 25 minutes and mortified when I walked out what the people behind me must have been thinking! But at least he was kind, so that would be my main preference.
My regular Confessor gives me some really good advice. I’m still at a point where I need that extra guidance having been away from the church, and this particular Sacrament for nearly four decades.
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