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By Fr Mike Schmitz

I was once riding in a shuttle-bus with a number of older folks on the way from an airport. They noticed that I was a priest and started asking questions about it.

“Do you do all of the priest stuff?”

“Yep.”

“Even the Confession thing?”

“Yeah. All the time.”

One older lady gasped, “Well, I think that that would be the worst. It would be so depressing; hearing all about people’s sins.”

I told them that it was the exact opposite. There is almost no greater place to be than with someone when they are coming back to God. I said, “It would depressing if I had to watch someone leave God; I get to be with them when they come back to Him.” The Confessional is a place where people let God’s love win. The Confessional is the most joyful, humbling, and inspiring place in the world.
WHAT DO I SEE DURING CONFESSION?
I think there are three things. First, I see the costly mercy of God in action. I get to regularly come face to face with the overwhelming, life-transforming power of God’s love. I get to see God’s love up-close and it reminds me of how good God is.

Not many folks get to see the way in which God’s sacrifice on the Cross is constantly breaking into people’s lives and melting the hardest hearts. Jesus consoles those who are grieving their sins . . . and strengthens those who find themselves wanting to give up on God or on life.

As a priest, I get to see this thing happen every day.”

http://lifeteen.com/my-side-of-the-confessional-what-is-it-like-for-a-priest/

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(Vatican Radio) We cannot understand the things of God only with our heads, we need to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit too.

This was Pope Francis’ message at morning Mass Tuesday at Casa Santa Marta.

The Pope also said that faith is a gift of God which we cannot receive if we live our lives “detached” from His people, the Church.

Read the rest of the article here http://en.radiovaticana.va/storico/2014/05/13/pope_at_mass_the_danger_of_a_hardened_heart_/en1-798803

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