Let’s get on our knees, my brother priests and bishops. Our own going to Confession is the only way to promote vocations, because only then do we know what it’s all about.
Do you have special super-neat programs for vocations? You know, all the specialized questionnaires and all the demographics and psychological studies and arrays of perks and stuff like that? Jesus doesn’t give a damn about any of it.
Jesus is the One who calls, not you. Get out of the way. Let young men see Jesus in you. Unless you yourself are going to Confession, unless you know the wounds of Jesus ever so personally, unless you are on your knees before Him, they won’t be able to see Jesus in you.
If you’re not going to Confession, they’ll say: “So, what’s the point?” And you’ll respond with all sorts of programs and niceness. And they’ll become atheists.
I know, I know. There are many priests who don’t go to Confession. It’s hard to go to Confession to them, isn’t it? Sure. But it may save their souls. Do them a favor.
Actually, I’ve been too nice. Let’s put it this way:
A priest who doesn’t go to Confession will not promote vocations.
It’s not an absolute, but it’s most likely that:
A priest who doesn’t promote vocations almost certainly doesn’t go to Confession.
Oh, and you laity. The same goes for you. Think about it. Pray about it. Go to Confession.
Oh, and, from Saint Bernard:
Where can the weak find a place of firm security and peace, except in the wounds of the Savior? Indeed, the more secure is my place there, the more he can do to help me. The world rages, the flesh is heavy, and the devil lays his snares, but I do not fall, for my feet are planted on firm rock. I may have sinned gravely. My conscience would be distressed, but it would not be in turmoil, for I would recall the wounds of the Lord: he was wounded for our iniquities. What sin is there so deadly that it cannot be pardoned by the death of Christ? And so if I bear in mind this strong, effective remedy, I can never again be terrified by the malignancy of sin.
Oh, and, some related posts on the HSH ferocious series on Confession on the sidebar of the blog:
- My fellow Bishops and Priests, is not our own going to Confession the Heart of the New Evangelization? – The answer to that would be yes. Plus, a great cartoon.
- “Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” And then: “I hate other priests who tell me I’m on a slippery slope for not saying the Liturgy of the Hours” – Yikes! A bit of a monitum.
- Saint or Sinner: It’s Either Both or None – This is another of my favorite posts on the blog.
- JESUS GOES TO CONFESSION – Another of my favorites! If you want to know how much Jesus loves us, this post will give you an indication. A seven-fold Yikes!