Saturday, January 22, 2011

I sat this morning listening to confessions for nearly three hours. As I listened to the confession, my mind wandered and I asked myself what I could have been doing had I not been here sitting for confessions: perhaps reading the newspaper, adding new entries for this blog, eating, cleaning my car, relaxing. But then I realized: should I be doing anything else except that which I have been sent to do? What should a priest be doing, except that which a priest should normally do (and that includes listening to people's confessions, celebrating the Mass, teaching catechisms or giving doctrinal classes, which is what catechism classes are usually called nowadays)...

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