Standard Penances For Everything?

... Have you ever been to confession and poured out your heart and soul all over the floor of the confessional only to receive a halfhearted, almost perfunctory absolution like 3 Hail Mary's?I have such a hard time with this. 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 … [Read more...]

Confession on Demand…

... Have you ever had to jump through logistical hula hoops to have your confession heard? Once I went almost six months between confessions. Turns out that one measly hour a week, Saturday 3 p.m. -- 4 p.m., just isn't enough. For three weeks the line was too long and confession ended before I had the chance to make mine. I even tried two different parishes and arrived 45 minutes early each time.With so many penitents seeking the sacrament, I suppose that's a good thing and I shouldn't … [Read more...]