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Frightened by Confession Part 3-My first Confession?

February 23rd, 2011 1 Comment

As the Great Lent is about to start, and Fr. X speaks again on Confession, Nick begins to realize that Confession should be part of his regular Christian life as a divine given tool that is indispensable for his continuing spiritual growth and the strengthening of His relationship with God. Overcoming the anxiety that is common before a first Confession, he sets up an appointment with Fr. X. However, the more he thinks about it the more he realizes that he does not really know what to say or do during Confession...

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Frightened by Confession Part 2-Overcoming Shame

August 13th, 2009 No Comments

Ashamed WomanOn a bench besides John, Mary is also deep in thought. “Hmm… I think I start understanding why I should go to Confession. But what do I say when I get there? I know I’ve done some things that I am not proud of, but here is a scary thought: how can I tell all this to another person, especially a man? He’s going to judge me and probably will never look at me with the same eyes again. Plus, how do I know he’s not going to tell anyone? I don’t think I could overcome this shame.”

Shame is a common feeling for anyone that prepares for Confession, especially at the beginning. It is


Frightened by Confession Part 1-Do I need it?

August 12th, 2009 No Comments

distorted mirror The Dormition Lent has begun. Father X speaks again on Confession and spiritual development. What are the people thinking about it? Let’s take a look around. John sits somewhere in the back and shakes His head as Father X goes on about the benefits of Confession. "Here we go again, we started the fast and Father is speaking again about