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I know I probably need to go to Confession, I haven't been in a while...I know it is recommended during Lent...and I had planned to go, I even had a day I was going to leave Adoration early (cuz my Adoration time is during our Confession) and then that week, and like never before or since I was the ONLY one in the Chapel. So it was stay or leave the room empty, which I don't do. So I stayed. And said I'd go the next week, and then I was like puking up my guts the next week or something. I think the last time I went was December. So I know I probably need to go. But for some reason when I'm there in the church, able to go (cuz I'm there for Adoration as I just mentioned)...I don't want to...anybody else ever just not wanted to go? Even if you knew you probably should go?
It's easier for me when I know of something specific I need to confess, but when it's just general "stuff"... I feel silly like I'm going in there and saying the same thing over and over and he's just getting bored with me. Doesn't help much that when I walk in there he puts away his iPhone real quick. I know he uses it to read his breviary, but it's a little unsettling anyway! Going regularly to make a good confession is so important... I've just decided I'll go this weekend.
~Jennifer, wife of one, mom of many
I think much of it for me has to do with a good examination of conscience. If I feel prepared, I can do it. But if I feel like I haven't taken the time to really think about and be sorry for my sins, then I do talk myself out of it.
Do you have any Recollections in your area for Opus Dei? The spiritual disciplines for Opus Dei are certainly good to keep you mindful of going to confession regularly. I'm a newbie at this Catholic thing, but I'm trying to make confession a more routine thing in my life. It helps that our parish priest talks about the importance of the sacrament and the graces received, and encourages us to all be at confession, weekly, and daily if necessary. I could do much better at being there regularly. My DH has resolved to be there weekly because of his rigorous spiritual discipline, and I should take notes from him...
Ditto to Shawna!! It's very hard! I went about a month before Lent and have been meaning to go again, I just haven't gotten to it. I've either been sick or not able to make it during the times they have it, etc.
I just have to do it. I always feel so much lighter somehow after I go. And certainly closer to God!