Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: near Philadelphia
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I didn't go for years, and have just started again, partly because I have a way different take on it now... on one level, I see it as cheap counseling. I think lots of times the things that are blocking us spiritually are blocking us in other ways too, and sometimes it helps to get that out in the open.
And I love communal services because I feel absolutely washed in God's healing love--our church is awesome, and the choir continues to sing softly, meditatively as people each confess singly, and the lights are low, and people are weeping, and priests are comforting...I was so moved by the love and saw for the first time the burden the priest as confessor takes on.
It's just a little shift away from thiniing of one's "guilt" to thinking about healing that changed the whole experience for me. Would that help you approach this differently?