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10/15/12 9:18 A

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Yes, the slipper was for feet warming! My home town church was big and always very cold! They didn't have reconciliation rooms there, only wooden confessionals.

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10/14/12 10:47 P

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Yes, yes they do!

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10/14/12 2:45 P

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Ohhhhh...I know those smells last a while, don't they?


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10/14/12 6:25 A

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No, they probably smoked and had coffee right before and maybe did not brush their teeth!

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10/14/12 12:53 A

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Did they pass the time waiting for penitents by smoking and drinking coffee?

Was the big slipper to put both feet in to keep warm, like I do when I remove my thumb from its spot in my gloves to rub it against the rest of my hand when it is cold out?


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10/13/12 9:56 P

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What was the purpose of that?

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10/13/12 7:58 P

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Old Polish churches are very cold inside and as a child I was fascinated by a huge slipper--one for two feet---that one of our priests kept in his confessional..

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10/13/12 7:36 A

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What I remember as a kids was the smell of coffee and cigarettes from the priests side of the screen!

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10/13/12 12:15 A

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I bet! I'm sure it's like that for immigrants, or if someone has a speech impediment who struggles to be understood, or if a priest is hard of hearing, or has a speech problem.

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10/12/12 1:47 P

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Yes, we are so blessed to have this sacrament. And it really IS the Lord who is hearing us. As I am Polish, my first confessions in the US were challenging, too, but nothing beats this Italian one.

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10/11/12 10:22 P

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Oh dear!
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I would be worried about what I was saying - thinking I was confessing one thing, but the priest thought something else!

Thank goodness that the Lord is the one that hears our confessions! And you were sincere, and knew what you were confessing.

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10/11/12 10:14 P

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My most difficult confession was when we went to Italy and lived there for a year. I decided to go to confession during the Lent.I never had any Italian language classes. I spent hours with the dictionary preparing myself!!

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10/7/12 8:47 P

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At the parish affiliated with our school, they have a reconciliation room that has a kneeler with screen as soon as you walk in. If you continue further into the room, there is a place for face to face confession, if the penitent wishes. I like it, as we have a choice.


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10/7/12 8:42 P

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I know I am long overdue. Having said that I still can't always wrap my head around the face to face confessionals - I am used to the old fashioned "closets" with the darkness and the screen at least that's how it was when I was a kid- I can remember going years ago as a lad with my friend on our bikes. Gee it was nice to be an innocent kid.

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10/7/12 3:36 P

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That is wonderful when you can build up a rapport with your regular confessor; such a great gift form God!

The priest who brought me into the Church and retired a couple of years ago - moving out of province to minister to the people in the nursing home where he set up his new home. (cuz even though he's retired, he will still say Mass, and hear confessions, they are as natural to him as breathing!).

I miss him terribly, as he was my regular confessor. I have begun seeing another priest, and love him to bits, but it is not the same. I am hoping I can build that same sort of rapport with him.

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10/7/12 3:20 P

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I try to go at least once a month to the usual "scheduled" Reconciliation time on Saturday afternoon at my Parish. Every three months or so I make an appointment with my priest to have a longer session, and to seek counsel as to how to keep from going around the same mountain several times...LOL! It's little things I do, and don't do that get me... Of course the devil likes to use my DH to try to get the best of me, and confession helps me deal with those failures, too. What I like is that my priest obviously has a good memory because he asks me about my progress in some areas if I do not mention them...
God is SO good!

Step into the unknown with confidence! Trust that in the darkness of that first step there will either be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly!


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10/6/12 10:24 P

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10/6/12 9:26 P

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FATBASTICH - great thread! That is wonderful that the sacrament of confession is now one of your favourites. I agree that there is nothing like hearing the words of Absolution.

And yeah, I've blanked before as well. Now, they have the act of contrition on the walls of the confessional! I guess we're not the only ones who have blanked!

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10/6/12 3:36 P

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I went in JUne and I totally blanked out. Luckily, the priest understood and helped :)



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10/6/12 11:41 A

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I know what you mean about the procedure of it! Last week my mind went blank when the priest asked for the Act of Contrition, but he very patiently led me through it. It had been five months since my previous confession.

"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out."
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I really need to go to confession. I don't know why I am so scared of it. I grew up in the faith but I always get so scared. Scared to say what I did wrong, although God already knows. Sacred I'll mess up the "procedure" of it, although I know the priest guides it. I'm just scared of it.



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I am also an adult convert to the Catholic church, and I agree with you! I went to Confession a week ago and experienced a wonderful feeling of healing.

"Any idiot can face a crisis. It's the day-to-day living that wears you out."
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I am an adult convert to the Catholic faith. My journey was long and very deliberate. One of the things I feared most while going through the journey was the sacrament of Confession. And now? Well, it's probably my favorite of the sacraments. What an incredible blessing to be able to hear the words of Absolution! To be guided in my struggles.

God is Good.

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