Top Blog Posts in 2015 — From My Side of the Confessional: A Priest’s Perspective

Each day this week we will feature a top blog post from Encourage and Teach 2015.

By: Rev. Tom Ferguson

The door closes and the Penitent kneels behind the screen … silent.

I make the Sign of the Cross and hear “Amen,” and then more silence.

“How long has it been since your last Confession?” I ask.


The Penitent responds haltingly, “It’s been a long time … at least ten years, maybe more.  I can’t remember exactly.”

“What would you like to ask God to forgive today?”

With relatively little difficulty the Penitent names three of four venial sins, sinful habits, character defects.

Then another pause.

“What I really would like to confess is …”… View the full text here.

This post first appeared on Encourage and Teach on March 9, 2015.

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