[quote="NHeath, post:4, topic:328357"]
I wonder, and I would love to ask our Beloved Father Ben at our parish,
if, when he puts on the stole and enters the closet ; ) he begins with a prayer,
to ask the Holy Spirit to guide him with doling out correct pennance, and to be strong to
not be mentally affected by our confessions. Lets face it, priests hear everything, could probably write some interesting books if they could, and sometimes when young people, married people, single lonely people, confess certain actions that would suggest impure mental images, these poor priests have to listen to these, and have to ward off the enemy just by avoiding the mental pictures from the confessions alone. I am sure they must pray for strength, and then when they are done say a prayer for all of us to give us the strength to not repeat our sins. Wouldnt you? Dont you, as a person and a child of God, when you hear bad news, or if someone is struggling with something (and I am sure that is what all of us are doing here at the Forum) we pray for all our brothers and sisters, because being Christ-like we love one another, even those we may never get to meet in person..... and we arent even priests!
Maybe a priest will see this post and help us out with an answer.... I pray for them, they are all SAINTS
Just one of the many things which makes them such very special men. As a Church we are blessed to have our priests. :yup: