Like the Eucharist--Reconciliation is a very powerful healing Sacrament! I hope that many priests read this blog, for your play a big role in this healing process. Sometimes I can get the feeling that if I am not confessing a mortal sin--the priest is wondering why are you wasting my time? Know this to be true Beloved---sin is sin and little by little can be deadly for body and soul. In other words--Mortal Sin.
That is why going to the sacrament of Reconciliation is so important. It is coming to Jesus for healing of our souls, spirts and the hurts of the past. We come for compassion and forgiveness and dear PRIESTS, you are to be JESUS to us. So remember that your look, your tone of voice can send messages that do not convey the love of our Lord to a hurting soul.
MORTAL SIN---very few of those coming to confession have committed a grave deadly sin. One that has hurt yourself, another or destroyed another's life. BUT, dearly beloved of God and Priests---remember this. Over-eating can over time--KILL the body. Little bad habits, like sitting too much and viewing too much can KILL the body and also weaken your ability to say no to BIGGER temptations. Perhaps we should realize that 'compulsive, over indulging, or bad habits can be deadly to our body and soul. If we do not discipline ourselves and obey God in the small ways, our steps soon will lead us on a journey to dangerous grounds. The devil is sneaky and uses your mind to do his work. He can and will convince many that the grey areas are not to be seen as DANGEROUS or MORTALLY BAD.
Leaking gas, or carbon dioxide, if undetected can lead up to a DEADLY explosion. Just as unresolved issues, getting angry, stressing over small stuff---or letting any negative emotion control your behavior--can and will lead up to your blowing up. That human explosion could hurt you and others around you. So, if you find yourself wondering, 'why am I doing this behavior again" it is time to look at the reasons behind the behaviors. Be open and honest with yourself and with God.
Even being too concerned about living a holy perfect life can lead up to deep frustration, confusion, doubts and giving up. FOR we are all human and therefore weak too, for a reason. If we were perfect, always strong and fantastic ---who needs God?
Meanwhile back to the need to go confess those little habits that are leading up to a DEADLY SIN. Our bodies are temples of God---and we are to care for that temple so God can dwell in it. A cluttered home, a home where items are hoarded is like the soul where those "LITTLE THINGS" do not matter if I have them as a part life or in my temple.
If guilt or frustration follows your actions, then even if the action is 'not all that bad' --ya might be needing to think about confessing any and all little habitual harmful behavior. Do more than think, beloved---go where healing can begin.
When we are NOT at PEACE with ourselves and our lives---we have turned our back on God and turned to 'comfort and pleasure.' We must ask why our lives, our spirits, our emotions are not in a happy healthy state---and seek God for the answers. Healing begins when we go to Confession regularly and it does not matter what the priests says or if he looks disinterested--- JESUS is there to hear and to heal the hurts that lead us to sin. Again though, we must give God permission to show us what is hidden and buried from the past that leads us to all seek comfort measures instead of seeking our Lord.
"I hear the prayers of a humble and contrite heart--always."