“I hate other priests who tell me I’m on a slippery slope for not saying the Liturgy of the Hours” — That’s a direct quote from a priest who just told that to me out of the blue about what another priest told him, making him flabergasted with moments of spittleflected livid anger.
That same priest, some months later — after he had been caught out doing something terribly, terribly wrong — told me, “I don’t know why I did that.” He was just as flabergasted, but instead of anger, was shaking with fear, his voice quivering. A bit of a fright, really.
“Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” Down they go. Sad, that. Very sad.
Each one of us is, quite literaly, a born genius (because of original sin), when it comes to finding rationalizations not to pray the Liturgy of the Hours which each of us promised to recite upon our reception of Holy Orders. A promise… to God… Pretty serious, that. “But our Lord is so NICE! He doesn’t mind. He won’t hold me to that. Not me. I’m liberated from that oppression!” But it weighs on you, doesn’t it, Father? Take advantage of the admonitions of your conscience while you have them. Soon you may not have your conscience telling you what is right from what is wrong. And then you won’t even know that you are, in fact, a sinner in need of forgiveness, in need of going to Confession. That would be catastrophic for your priesthood, for you. When’s the last time you went to Confession? Is it because you’re “a bit behind in the breviary”? There is no sin so huge that our Lord cannot forgive us. To think that would be another sin of pride. Accept the grace of humility our Lord is granting you right now, and go to Confession. Start fresh, like at your ordination. That would be great, wouldn’t it? All yours, for the asking.
One of the most important things in the life of a priest is going to confession. Find a good confessor. Go regularly.
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned…”
I would ask our readers to please stop and say a Hail Mary so that the priest or bishop who needs to see this post, and take it to heart, will… Hail Mary…