WELCOME! Here is my not-terribly-eloquent attempt to grow closer to God via... blogging. Unfortunately for you, I'm not sure what that means either. I guess we'll find out!

I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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Sarah in Ottawa


When I confessed the Big Ticket Item to which I alluded in my previous comment, it took about 2 years until I finally, truly realized that I'd been forgiven. I just couldn't believe that I'd confessed it and been absolved; it had haunted me for so long. And hoo boy - the forgiving MYSELF for my transgression was even harder! But you are so right -- it no longer has no power over me as this no longer has power over you. xoxo


I don't know if this will answer your question about other Christian denominations, but I'll give it a shot. I was raised Lutheran, and we were brought up being taught that there was no need for an earthly go-between. There's a verse (somewhere in 1 Timothy, perhaps?) that says, "There is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus"...so that says to me that we can pretty much go right to the source for our forgiveness. We don't need anyone to affirm that we're forgiven because God forgives us directly and it's none of anyone else's business. It's definitely a test of faith to know you're forgiven without hearing it from anyone. BUT...that said, I don't think there's anything wrong with going to confession if it makes you feel better, for whatever reason...human or spiritual. Maybe it's why so many of us blog. Or maybe I'm totally off. I think a lot of Protestants have other ways to confess--prayer partners, etc., even if there's no divine absolution. I don't know if it's just a personality thing, or if there's a direct command in scripture to confess to others, but I was always taught that there was no reason to go elsewhere when we had a direct connection to God ourselves.


This verse calms my heart x1,000:

"They overcame him

by the blood of the Lamb

and by the word of their testimony..." (Revelation 12:11a)

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