Confession: Should penance be a heavy thing?

Confessional in Santa Sabina Basilica, Roma (Image mine)

Katrina is wondering whether some priests dole out standard penances for venial or mortal sins alike, and she's not loving the idea:If we have different types of sins, venial and mortal, shouldn’t we have different types of penances to reflect the nature of the sin? I don’t get how some priests can give the exact same penance for all sins regardless of their seriousness.Just speaking my own personal experience, I have the hardest time forgiving myself when I feel the punishment doesn’t f … [Read more...]

Oh, So Ripe for Confession!

Basilica Santa Sabina, Roma

It's been quiet around here for the past few days, I know; I forgot to post that my husband and I were taking a time away to celebrate anniversaries. We're not quite back -- we're going to try to take the rest of the weekend off -- but we're at home, now and I am very much looking forward to going to confession in a few hours, in anticipation of the end of the liturgical year, the end of the Year of Faith and the coming of Advent, which is my favorite season.And I wanted to encourage … [Read more...]