It was very difficult to get through my first one, and then I went two more times before I was received into the Church on Easter. I now try to go at least once a month.
The thing I appreciate about it, besides the things already stated, is that the examination of conscience and confession come to your mind when you are going about your week, and often keep me from further sin. (Not always, of course, but I certainly don't want to be confessing the same thing over and over again. )
Every time I kneel before the priest I find myself thinking..."didn't you just confess that the last time you were here, you hopeless twit?" Oh well......try again. A couple of weeks later I'll probably be back with the same sorry laundry list.
God is patient with us. Very patient.
Congratulations on becoming a Catholic!!!
Loved what you wrote. It gave me a grin a mile wide. Thanks.
Your post serves as a beautiful witness to the powerful grace delivered in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I pray that it inspires and encourages those Catholics who've fallen away from the Sacrament to return to the confessional.
Thank God for converts like yourself who serve to invigorate and strengthen the faith of all of us members of the Body of Christ.
Welcome Home, Miss Marple. Welcome Home!
**I now try to go at least once a month.**
The more often we take advantage of the awesome Sacrament of Reconciliation, the closer we are drawn to Jesus Christ.
I think setting a regular schedule and sticking to it is the key. For example -- we are having a heatwave in Oregon, and I really don't want to go to Confession.............but my timeline is here, so I will go this Saturday evening.