Getting back to Confession

01-07-2018Catholic ThoughtsDavid Lins

So we've begun another calendar year and we are beginning books instead of watching Judge Judy. We are spending less time on social media and more time engaged in actual human interaction. We are going to the gym and taking walks instead of eating another donut with extra sprinkles.

...until about February.

Come on David! Judge Judy tells it like it is, Facebook is where I get my news, and God wouldn't have every church serve donuts if He didn't want us to eat them!

Last year, I decided to set a goal that I would go to confession at least once a month. This should be a pretty attainable goal for a guy who whose desk is twenty five feet from the desk of a Catholic priest, and I did GREAT...for the first half of the year.

Then, I missed a month.

The whole plan began to fall apart because once I was less than perfect, I had failed. Game over. (This reaction is why my healthy eating resolutions never last, either.) In a nutshell: I fell down and I refused to get up.

If you think about it… the irony is thick. The entire purpose of the sacrament of Reconciliation is refusing to remain in our failure. We, as Catholics, are called to get back up every time we fall.

So let this be a season of worthy spiritual goals, knowing that if we fall short, all we have to do is get back up. Regular confession might be a good starting point.

Our God is not a God who rejoices in pity, excuses, and procrastination. Our God rejoices in humility, repentance, and resolve.

"There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance."

Luke 15:7

Questions? Comments? Email David at dlins@oloj.org.

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