I was recently watching a video of a lecture given by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, who is a champion of the recitation of the Rosary. During his lecture, he made an assertion which was something to the effect of, “If I go to a Confession line, and ask how many people there pray the Rosary, a good chance many people in line will say they routinely pray the Rosary. If I go out onto the street, find a Catholic walking around, and ask them how frequently they pray the Rosary, chances are, the majority of Catholics outside of Church aren’t praying the Rosary. Because the Rosary leads you to the Sacraments!”
Last week, the Catholic Women Blogging Network (CWBN) published their monthly blog hop. Several of our Everyday Edith contributors participate in that monthly hop, and this month’s theme was on the Sacrament of Reconciliation (a.k.a. Confession). The question was posed to the bloggers: “What are your true feelings about Confession?”
Sacrifice, our Everyday Edith theme this month, goes hand-in-hand with Confession. Usually, we are sacrificing our pride, our material comfort, and often times our physical comfort – to participate in a sacrament which is both uncomfortable at times, but also healing.
So, don’t miss our contributing authors’ contribution to the CWBN Blog Hop, and check out Reconciled to You’s links to some other fantastic bloggers regarding this topic this month!
In The Healing Nature of Confession: My True Feeling About Confession, Anni gives some basic Catholic instruction regarding the practice of attending Confession. She then explores how the act of preparing for Confession, known as an Examination of Conscience, is one of the, “most humbling activities,” in which she routinely participates. And, explains how the act of attending Confession forces her to check her pride at the door!
In her piece for the blog hop, entitled The Quality of Mercy: What Shakespeare Taught Me About Confession, Ginny explains how reading Shakespeare taught her to view Confession in a different manner. Instead of being an act which is something to be dreaded and avoided, it is a place where we can run to receive a, “gentle embrace of a loving father.” Furthermore, she finds similarities between the subtle nuances of our lives, which draw Confession close to Shakespeare’s writings.
Ever heard of the sin of Acedia? In A Good Confession, Kirby delves into a specific sin which is a struggle for so many people. She shares how, as a child, she gleaned from a lesson from a priest that, “a good confession did not necessarily entail having a big mortal sin to confess.” Instead, she surmises it’s the little sins which can lead one to larger, mortal sins. She also asserts the smaller sins can still be equally deadly, and are more dangerous in settling into a person’s daily life, discussing this particular sin of Acedia.
Have you ever had that moment of being in front of a large crowd during a Confession? In My True Feelings About Confession, Leslie links to a previous article she wrote, which confronts her memories of making Confession in a gym… in front of other high schoolers! And, while she has been to Confession since high school, the memory is still fresh in her mind’s eye. She then explains how this Lent has been a, “Lent of hard things,” for her, and surmises perhaps she can use this Lent to make use of her parish’s Penance Service, in order to revisit this sacrament!
Fr. Calloway’s assertion that the Rosary leads us to the Sacraments is, indeed, an intriguing thought. Perhaps as we all struggle to embrace this Sacrament of Confession, we should turn toward the Rosary, and use it to encourage us to frequent this sacrament just a little more.
We’d love to hear from you – what is your struggle with Confession? How do you overcome that struggle?