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St James! The light is on for you, too

As in some dioceses in the country, I will hear confessions Monday-Wednesday from 12pm – 1pm and possibly, extend depending on the line as the case may be. Let’s see how it goes. Although some may find the confessional as a place of fear and punishment, which is undeniably true way back when, in the end, it’s forgiveness that surrounds and envelopes the entire experience of reconciliation. I somehow understand mixed feelings about the gravity of sins, the possibility of forgiveness, if it’s chronic and letting go of the crap as a result of dreading to go to confession. Sorry for the french but I find it necessary to use such a language to get across the message. Sin is toxic. It corrupts the mind and heart. It accumulates, becomes habitual, goes into a vicious cycle and doesn’t get any better unless we do something about it. Many of us think, it’s just a simple thing, a little crack of telling lies, using God’s name in vain, missing masses, cheating, cussing, etc until it becomes normal and part of who we are. That’s deadly.    
Sinfulness is beyond us. We need to seek help and ask a spiritual director/expert in the field/trusted friend to help us diagnose the problem and provide better ways (spiritual exercises) for healing. Overall, just confess and leave God the rest. Amen.  
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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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