• Donna
    October 10, 2012 Reply

    I know this to be true as I have lived it. When faced with the demise of my marriage, I began to receive the sacrament of reconciliation frequently, sometimes weekly. It has changed my heart and keeps me humble. It has given me the tools I need to evangelize.

  • Aaron Smith
    October 10, 2012 Reply

    Kind and proper words Cardinal Dolan. As a practicing Catholic, I find myself incognito in the confessional booth. My reasoning is that at any moment when I confess my faults and unbecomings, God will hear me. I do not have to sit admist a Priest or other religious leader for my words to get through to him. In my conversations with younger Catholics, I find my feeling is mutual. I am hardest on myself and having an outlet like the confessional only dwarfs my sins to simple Hail Marys and Our Father prayers.

    I renew my life to God and Christian principles by getting up in the morning and choosing to not live my life like yesterday, but to be a guiding light for my family and friends.

    God bless you Cardinal, my intent was not to question, but to show you an example of some of our younger Catholic generation’s perception of Penance…and unfortunatly it’s not that great.

  • Pooler
    October 10, 2012 Reply

    Great words, Your Eminence!

  • Nate Wood
    October 10, 2012 Reply

    Does that apply to me too? …

    … Yes, I know very well that these words also apply to me, and i will talk this with my wife too.

    Thank You,

    Nate Wood

  • vivian cuadras
    October 10, 2012 Reply

    And with that said – God says: “SEE, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.”

  • Ale Sosa
    October 11, 2012 Reply

    I wholeheartedly agree!

    It would be great if during this ‘Year of the Faith’ the priests in the parishes would make an effort to be more available to hear Confessions.
    They are always so busy, sometimes there is no chance for the people to go to Confession.
    Maybe there could be scheduled Confessions at certain hours so that the people may know for sure that a priest will be waiting for them, and that if they come they will not be interrupting him, quite the contrary, that he is there for them.

  • Caroline
    October 11, 2012 Reply

    Well said Cardinal Dolan.

  • Julia Brandimarte
    October 12, 2012 Reply

    Your Eminence
    Excellent post! It is so true that we can’t share our faith with others until we know Jesus ourselves first. I didn’t have that relationship until I started receiving the sacrament of reconciliation at least monthly. The sacrament strips us of our pride, which is the root of all sin. You continue to be in my prayers, especially as you participate in the Synod. I’m looking forward to hearing more.

  • Kristopher
    October 20, 2012 Reply

    Very relevant post. I was discussing this sacrament with my priest the other day and he commented on how few people make use of it. I asked him if the Church thought it was so important, then why was it only scheduled for 15 minutes twice a week? I think many parish priests need to stress the sacrament more AND be available in the confessional. And bring back the confessional. Many of us faithful are not comfortable face-to-face. God bless you and your work.


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