One of the things I most miss as a bishop is hearing confessions. The conversations that take place in the sacrament of reconciliation are the most important conversations on the face of the planet. There you meet a soul in the presence of God ... I would very much like to make that ministry a large part of my life.At the threshold of my own life of priestly ministry, I can honestly say that my early fascination with hearing confessions has not been diminished in the least: it is what I look forward to the most. Quite encouraging to hear a 74-year old priest say the same.
08 January 2011
It was gratifying to read this in John Allen's recent interview with Francis Cardinal George: