Dear Father Joe…WHEN I GO TO CONFESSION I DISGUISE MY VOICE BECAUSE I’MEMBARRASSED. CAN YOU HELP! – Josefa
Dear Josefa –Thanks for the honesty of your question. Certainly it is appropriate to feel sorry for the wrong we’ve done and for the good we’ve failed to do. But we do not ever need to fear God’s reaction when we go to Confession. The truth is that we do not have enough power to make God stop loving us. God never invites us to grow without first loving us where we are!
Perhaps you are embarrassed about what the PRIEST might think. But I’m sure that almost every priest is like me in this regard: When someone comes to me in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because they are sorry, I do not think badly of them. Instead, I only have MORE love in my heart for them.
When Jesus told us the story of the prodigal son, he described a young man who had broken his dad’s heart and made a mess of his life. When the son returned to his father to beg for mercy, his dad was so glad to have him back he threw his arms around him! Jesus told us that story to describe what GOD is like. I encourage you to let your own voice be known, because that is the kind of love that waits for you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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