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  • Connie, how wonderful! I wish your experience with these teens was one we all had. I love their attitude. I've conversely always enjoyed going to confession. I always feel so good afterward,and am so glad these kids "get" it. You must be a really awesome teacher!

    Posted on Dec 27th, 2011 at 12:22 PM by Mary Breiner

  • My grandson will be going to confession for the first time in January. I hope he will develop this great attitude toward this healing sacrament. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted on Dec 28th, 2011 at 11:00 AM by Debbie Weyant

  • As a new Catholic, I'm never really sure what to say - such as how detailed I should be, and I always get so emotional that I dread going, even though I know how uplifting the sacrament is. Any pointers?

    Posted on Dec 28th, 2011 at 11:46 AM by jaz

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  • Dear Connie, I enjoyed reading your story. A Protestant Chaplain wants to meet with me to get "updated" on various issues regarding our Catholic faith. In your blog, you said Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation. What first comes to mind is where He tells his Apostles: "What you bind on earth, will be bound; and what you release (?) on earth will be released...(or something along those lines)." Could you please give me the exact scriptural reference which you are referring to? Thank you so much, John

    Posted on Dec 28th, 2011 at 1:39 PM by John

  • Hi John, The exact scripture reference is John 20: 19-23. (This is from the New American Bible.) Also, if you're meeting with a Protestant Chaplain who wants to get updated, I highly suggest Scott and Kimberly Hahn's book, "Rome Sweet Rome." Mr. Hahn says the book shows "how the Holy Spirit used Scripture to clear up our misconceptions" about the Catholic Church. You can also write to me at to my website, www.connieclark.org and I can send you some other great tools for showing our Catholic biblical basis for this sacrament. Thanks and God bless!

    Posted on Jan 3rd, 2012 at 10:09 AM by Connie Clark

  • Jaz, Welcome to the Catholic faith! If you are new to the sacrament (and I speak from experience here, as my husband went through RCIA a few years ago), I can understand the anxiety. I don't know if these pointers will help but here's what I would do. If you are worried about how detailed you should be, or how emotional you might get, you might want to find a priest who you are comfortable with and make an appointment to speak with him. He can help guide you through things. (By the way, it is very common for adults--men and women--to become emotional in this sacrament. You're not alone!) Also, before going to confession, Catholics usually make an examination of conscience. (Google Catholic examination of conscience for help on this.) I also try to remember to pray to the Holy Spirit before I make the examination. Anyone else have any pointers? Thanks, and God bless!

    Posted on Jan 3rd, 2012 at 10:33 AM by Connie Clark

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