One our readers shared a story in the comments section of an earlier blog post. I thought I’d share it with you because it touched me deeply and exemplifies the lack of umpf in the Church today.
One Monday evening, I wanted to go to Mass, since I had not gotten to my usual morning Mass, but I wanted to go to Confession before hand to confess a venial sin, (Yes…I confess my venial sins too, if I feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit on a particular one or ones).
I called the Parish priest beforehand to ask if He gave confession before Mass, and He said to just come ahead 15 minutes beforehand, and gave me directions to go downstairs to the basement of the Church and meet him there.
So…I arrived and went down stairs and as I was walking down to the room where we were to meet, I noticed a painting depicting The Last Supper which I stopped to look at. To my dismay there was Mary seated with the Twelve Apostles. I was going to mention it when I saw the Priest, but forgot to because I was stunned by what took place in the room where we met. When I gave my Confession, He said “You don’t really need to confess that….Unless, of course you want to be a Saint.” I almost gasped. I was so taken aback by a Priest saying this to me, it seemed like it must be some comical dream, and that I had not really just heard that.
I was going to say, after I got my voice back. “Dont’ you?” Or “Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing here?”
Thank you to the reader that shared this story.
Yes, we’re all supposed to be striving for Sainthood.
If the idea of becoming a Saint strikes you as scary or boring, then that’s something you need to reflect upon this Lent.