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Question from David M on 4/29/2019:

My priest in the confession box has given me penance and told me i was forgiven .At this stage i have to inform you that prayer for me is not penance but rather a pleasure. I however cannot forgive myself . Because of this i have stopped going to confession and receiving Holy Communion as i truly do not feel worthy. Am i now committing a sin by not forgiving myself after being forgiven by my priest ? Please help as this is tormenting me .

Answer by Judie Brown on 5/7/2019:

David

I asked Father William Kuchinsky from our Board to answer your question and here is his response.

From Father:

I assume that the Priest gave absolution and didn’t just say David was forgiven. Completing a penance is all that is necessary for you: feelings do not matter. (have never, for example, found praying “3 Hail Mary’s” for a penance to be burdensome or at times anything less than sweet) It can be noted that the penance given is just a sign of the person changing and reordering their lives to Jesus. The turning away from whatever sin he committed is also a part of the change – putting on the new man. Certainly the Good Lord wants none of us to harshly judge ourselves so as to refrain from receiving Our Lord, or if need be, the healing remedy of Reconciliation. The Lord does not judge David as unworthy – and if he confessed the sin that he received absolution for the sin is forgiven (as it doesn’t seem he’s lacking contrition or desire to do better)

From Saint Faustina: I have opened My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust (Diary, 1520). On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls — no one have I excluded! (1182). I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in You" (327). The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive (1578). - Jesus to St Faustina Saint Benedict from his Rule, chapter 4 (73), “Never despair of God’s mercy.” “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” -Is 1:18 David, we hope this helps.

Judie

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