March 14, 2005 at 8:56 pm #984AnonymousInactive
Just wanted to get some feedback…I am becoming a Catholic as of Holy Saturday, as I mentioned in my intro (a while back – sorry I have been so quiet). We were encouraged to go to confession, obviously, before Easter, which I did yesterday. I found it rather, um, unfulfilling. I felt sort of lost, and I guess I expected more guidance, more of a conversation, or questions, or something from the priest, after saying “this is my first confession.” I read your articles relating to the topics of penance and reconciliation, and also examination of conscience (thank you, Jon!), and am thinking I will try again next week ” title=”Confused” /> . What is your experience with this sacrament, and is there a trick? Am I just expecting too much?
Thanks for your feedback.
” title=”Smile” />March 14, 2005 at 11:08 pm #3865About Catholics TeamKeymaster
Hi Sue – there is no trick to the sacrament. How fulfilled you feel really depends on you – let me explain.
I’m going to make an inference from your post that you had a certain degree of expectations of what it would be like after you made your first confession. Unfortunately those expectations were not met.
My experience is that it partly depends on the priest and it partly depends on yourself. Sometimes you won’t get a big response, much discussion, etc. from the priest, sometimes you will.
What I like the most is the fact that someone listened to me, offered some sort of advice and that I actually heard the words of absolution. I really like hearing that and knowing that I gave a sincere confession and that I was forgiven.
I generally like to follow that up with a prayer of thanksgiving (after I step out of the confessional) and doing whatever the penance is. I think an appreciation for the sacrament takes a little practice.
Anyway, that’s my view. ” title=”Very Happy” />March 27, 2005 at 7:17 am #3960AnonymousInactive
I know the feeling Sue. I got the same unfulfilling experience. Although my next one got better. ” title=”Cool” /> But one thing you need to keep in mind Sue is that not all the things of God are fulfilling per se. Things happen and are true whether you feel them or not. That is one of the reasons why many non-denominational don’t last in my opinion. Because if you don’t have an entertaining preacher, nice choir, etc. then it won’t last. As Catholics our focus at mass is the Eucharist, no matter how boring the priest may be.
See my point? I’m sure you can think of a “good work” that is not exactly fulfilling right?
~Victor MesinaMarch 27, 2005 at 7:19 am #3961AnonymousInactive
How about scraping gum from under the pews?
Not always a fun thing unless they are paying for whoever makes the largest gum ball .
I know this doesn’t fall into the sacraments but I’m sure you can think of several examples.
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