Sunday, April 02, 2017

Dominica de Passione: Judica me, Deus

  • Mass: Judica me, Deus.
  • Anglican missal translation.
  • A sign allegedly in a church: "Confession today (Saturday) will be exactly until 5:30 pm. There is only one priest available for confession today. Make your confession direct, to the point. Only confess your sins. No need to explain why you did it. Thank you very much." I think a lot of people confuse confession with spiritual direction, which is a sort of Christian psychotherapy before there was psychotherapy. Understandable since most Catholics including me don't have a spiritual director, just father confessors who do the best they can. (By the way, the Orthodox in America are the same on this. Spiritual fatherhood/eldership is monastic, and there aren't that many Orthodox monks and nuns in America. Stay away from parish priests who play staretz; it's a cult.) I'm blessed to have a city church (not my parish; not really a neighborhood parish anymore) that has many times set aside for confession so I don't feel rushed, but the sign has a point. "Just the facts, ma'am."


  1. Nonetheless, spiritual direction, however brief, is still apprpropriate to the Sacrament of Confession. In this one thing, Papa Bergoglio was correct, for all his "loose lips sink ships" behavior. The Church is a field hospital ministering to those in pain and the Confesssional is a prime spot for which mercy is dealt out in abundance.

  2. Coming from an Evangelical background, the word 'spiritual director' always comes across to me as a bit narcissistic and self-indulgent, like some rich lady having her own private therapist. I know it's something valuable within our tradition, though realistically it's not something the average lay Catholic can access.


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