Lenten Penances from the Confessional


Most of the advice at this time of the year is focused on “give something up, take something on.” That’s a good plan, but some creative priests in my life have suggested practices that have reshaped Lent for me.

Over the years, I’ve been given penances in confession that are not of the “pray a decade of the rosary in reparation” variety, as good as those are. Every once in a while, a priest will dig deeper into the burden I have brought and give me a suggestion that pulls at whatever is out of whack in my soul and can’t be taken care of in a few minutes in a pew. These last far beyond the confessional. They have become part of my daily life, tools I take out whenever I feel that perpetual brokenness again.  Read more here at Angelus News.