Lobbing the grenade
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(04-16-2021, 03:00 PM)Pandora Wrote: I’m just going to say it, I tend to hear the same excuses in various fora:

“The priest isn’t trad enough, it’s not real direction”
“I’m really busy”
“The advice just didn’t resonate with me”
“My life is hard”
“THE RONA!”

While it may be nice to hear other’s thoughts, our spiritual development shouldn’t be done by consensus of people on the internet, nor do we really even have any business even considering that as a valid route, accessory or otherwise.

Confronting sin is hard.  Owning up to our shortcomings is hard.  Reforming ourselves is hard.

Every person we encounter has a hard life, and we can’t judge his trials.  That being said, we all have hard lives and struggles.  Further, we each need to take personal responsibility and approach our priest or spiritual director with willingness, humility, and candor.  We need to do our best in at least this, because our life quite literally depends on it.

I myself don’t “like” kneeling down in the confessional and telling the priest my sins in kind and number.  It’s not what I would define as a fun time, but that’s what we’re called to do.   The personal embarrassment and shame I rightfully feel is nothing compared to receiving absolution and guidance, and starting again to aim for perfection.

In summation, talk to a priest. Get your spiritual direction from a priest. Any priest worth his salt will do all he can to help a troubled soul, despite being outrageously busy or inconvenienced.  Even the ones whom we think might not be so disposed to help us have a way of finding a moment, even more, to do so.
Shame we can't "like" more than once!!!  This -^- deserves multiple likes!

I've been going through a particularly difficult time the last few months, and my priest has literally been a God-send.  He is extremely busy with a large parish and he makes time for me, not just in confession, but in almost weekly appointments to talk, to listen, to guide.  Your last paragraph is pure gold.
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Messages In This Thread
Lobbing the grenade - by Pandora - 04-16-2021, 11:43 AM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by J Michael - 04-16-2021, 11:47 AM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by Ioannes_L - 04-16-2021, 12:11 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by Ardent Fire - 04-16-2021, 01:00 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by AlanK82 - 04-16-2021, 01:01 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by J Michael - 04-16-2021, 01:07 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by AlanK82 - 04-16-2021, 01:12 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by J Michael - 04-16-2021, 01:14 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by AlanK82 - 04-16-2021, 01:26 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by J Michael - 04-16-2021, 01:30 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by Evangelium - 04-16-2021, 01:25 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by SacraCor714 - 04-16-2021, 01:42 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by Sword of St. Michael - 04-16-2021, 02:20 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by Pandora - 04-16-2021, 03:00 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by J Michael - 04-16-2021, 03:07 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by Marmot - 04-16-2021, 03:49 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by jovan66102 - 04-16-2021, 04:02 PM
RE: Lobbing the grenade - by Anon777 - 04-16-2021, 03:55 PM



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