Undefeatable joy

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the things I most looked forward to as part of the Christ Renews His Parish retreat the other weekend was simply the opportunity for a leisurely confession. There are always so many people in line at our parish’s confessional that the priests have little time for extra spiritual direction. For weeks I’d… [Continue Reading]

Status in the sight of God

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I went to confession tonight; well, I tried, anyway. It was one of those big pre-Easter sessions where there were hundreds of people and about a dozen priests. By the time I got in one of the lines there were at least 30 people in front of me, and after waiting a while I… [Continue Reading]

Lies and Confession: The case of the stolen pacifier

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One day last year I was putting grocery bags in the car after an epic store trip, and after I grabbed the last bag something caught my eye in the back of the cart: a $3.75 package of pacifiers. I somehow missed them when I was handing items to the cashier, so we hadn’t… [Continue Reading]


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As soon as I hit Publish I’m going to head out to confession. In my long road from atheism to Christianity, one of my favorite memories is when I made my first confession, the Wednesday before Easter of last year. When I think back on it I first remember the ethereal chant music that… [Continue Reading]

Confessing my sins to a priest

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Terri left a nice comment to my last post in which she asked, among other things, why Catholics confess their sins to priests when we can go directly to Christ. Here’s an explanation, as well as some other good info here and here. Those links provide enough info that I don’t think I need… [Continue Reading]

A first confession, part II

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Click here for Part I One of the things I never understood about Christianity was the concept of accepting people who embraced the religion late in life. It struck me as unfair and hypocritical that someone could have all the fun they want then decide at the last minute that they’re a Christian. When… [Continue Reading]

A first confession, part I

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last night I made my first confession. For those of you who are interested, here was my experience (complete with pictures of our church that I took a few months ago): I tried to go on Tuesday night but by the time I got there they’d closed the line since 500 people had already… [Continue Reading]