the priest spoke to my sensibilities and the Christ I believe in and worship. However, I was so messed up because of many factors, I merely soaked in his beautiful poetry about Listening to God and and loving yourself and how Christ is love.
he made everybody meditate on the gospel and other readings during mass
i came up with an idea for a gospel-oriented novella.
future is bright i guess
i just wasn't expecting to talk to a "real" priest.
this guy is cerebral, spent time thinking on Christ, and he dispenses the Sacrament of Confession how it's supposed to be done, which is odd and unusual.
i don't know what to say or do.
Confession as a sacrament of Loving Forgiveness, and I'm trying to understand how to grow my relationship to Christ.
There's no plausible reason why I am still on this planet. My life was more fucked than most.
Yet Christ has redeemed my life, and given me active purpose, he's a friend and God has purposefully chosen me.
When Christ says he sifts among the riff-raff for his chosen, he's not kidding.
The Holy Spirit dispensed the sacrament tonight.
the human is a soul that can heal.
evolutionary science negates the human soul, more important than fleshy shells we inhabit.
i have experienced real healing from a religion that is considered primitive and pagan.
Christ has taken me to a place of profound healing and negated the wounds of my past.
i serve the servant God for eternity.
you find happiness when you negate your ego and serve God.
when you love yourself and love others as that too.
of course I came down from the cloud i was on when i wrote this.
i will say that the sacrament of confession is being practiced incorrectly by many priests, and is causing ruination among the faithful.
priests that seem to be correctly dispensing the sacrament are third world priests, especially African priests, and priests connected to an order, like the Marians, for example.
i've had some atrocious confessions at local parishes, which would have caused a lesser man to turn heel on religion in general.
I noticed a user made a thread about the Sacrament.
a common misconception is the "only confess your sins to Christ" argument. although this argument is untrue: James told us to confess to others, the priest's role in confession is that of a representative for God the Father and Christ, and the Spirit has to be present to enable the priest to enact the forgiveness. I am not being forgiven by a priest but by God, through the Divine Mercy of the Son, and the Mysterious conveyance of grace from the Spirit.
Hebrews 11:1-3 Living Bible (TLB) 11 What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. 2 Men of God in days of old were famous for their faith.
3 By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen.[a]
God works through the Sacraments. You must eat my flesh and drink my blood. does this scandalize you?
the catholic church has a monopoly on the body and blood
catholic church is the priesthood of melchizedek, the priests have authority to forgive sins as the apostles were given the authority to forgive sins: “Whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained” (Jn. 20:23).
of course the catholic church believes in direct confession to God. one can make a perfect act of contrition, we use sacraments because they have authority and power, and because Christ's Divine Mercy lives in the confessional, where burdens are laid to rest.
how can you get better without holding yourself accountable to man and God?