I don’t know if it’s universal youth slang yet, but the kids at St Joseph’s use the word ‘sweet’ for ‘that’s cool!’ I’ll tell you what’s sweet…
I have been a Catholic priest now for two months. It is the most amazing and wonderful gift. Brothers, do not fail to respond to God’s call to be a priest! The question in your mind should not be, “Me??” but “Why not me??”
Hearing confessions is the most precious gift. How sweet it is when a sixth grade girl, a busy housewife, an eighteen year old boy, an old man or a successful businessman simply come to God on their knees. At that moment heaven opens and the angels rejoice over one sinner who repents.
The reason confession is so precious is because it is so simple, so honest and so real. When you come to confession you have to leave behind all the pretense, all the worldly attainments, all the self deception and vanity. Even a bad confession brings the person closer to the simplest part of the gospel–getting down on our knees and saying, “Help Lord!”
Isn’t this the most honest, the most basic and most dignified of human responses to life? What else is there? Striving for worldly success and status? Do you know what? The people who respect that won’t respect you, and the people who respect you won’t respect you for that.
Do you want money, power and security? Remember they don’t put pockets in shrouds.
Are you attempting to ‘have it all together’ to be strong, self sufficient and self righteous? Who do you think you’re fooling?
In confession all that is left behind. In confession we have clarity and depth of vision. We see clearly. We see ourselves clearly. We see the world clearly. We see God clearly. This is the way it is.
Do you want an instant A+ in Reality 101?
Hit the confessional.