(quote) Sheila-953093 said: Actually, I had a glorified and dramatic prodigal daughter mentality when I returned to the Church. Boy did I get a smack in the chops!! Pride still goeth before a fall! I called the rectory because I felt it would be more polite of me not to crowd out somebody who was a regular Saturday penitent and who might have the misfortune to get behind me!! Wasn't their fault that I totally disappeared for 20 years! I still think my way...when someone has my circumstances...is the most appropriate way to proceed.
You are so correct about the lengths of confession lines vs. the communion lines! I try not to judge but sometimes I wonder. Then when I have to climb over somebody I really wonder what they did that they can't go, too!! Shame on them....
I would like to be clear.
I applaud you for making the effort to think of your fellow penitents by making an appointment so has not to inconvenience the limited time for normal confessions. And if a returning soul has the will power to, as in your case, be put off for such a relatively long time, more power to them.
This is a true story.
Imagine someone away from the Church for a long time 30+ years. Lying in a hospital bed with the chances of survival less than 25% and begging for a priest and none showing up. In a virtual state of despair of utter despair as they are wheeled into the Operating room.
In the operating room, the surgeons made the two required small incisions for the laparoscopic surgery.They then inserted the camera. As they explored the area the first words out of the Chief Surgeons mouth was, "How is this guy alive." The second question was, Can we save him?" As an aside, at this point the laparoscoptic surgery had to be abandoned.An 8 inch incision had to be used and it was still an iffy process.
Later recovering from a virtual miracle surgery, the patient again asked for a priest and non appeared. When he was discharged he left the hospital in utter despair and fatalistically believing that although God had spared him, he was still abandoned and condemned with no possibility of being set right.
So he went on with his life with this darkness of soul. A little more than 3 years went by like this. Then a very dear friend was diagnosed with cancer which ultimately led to her death after 14 months of battling. When she was diagnosed, it added to several bits of very bad news he received, that his own Doctor had to put him on anti-depression medication.
As he wallowed in his despair for himself and his friend, he realized that all he could do for his friend was to pray, That he did, but then he became convinced that since he was so mired in sin no one was listening to his prayers. And that is what finally did the trick that got him back to the Church.
Now would anyone deny him the right to go to confession immediately even if doing so meant he was going to tie up the priest for close to an hour?
No right or wrong answer here, just food for thought.