DEVOTION: “It is not for me to decide whether you should confess your sins to a priest or not (our Prayer Book leaves that free to all and demands it of none) but if you do not, you should at least make a list on a piece of paper, and make a serious act of penance about each one of them. There is something about the mere words, you know, provided you avoid two dangers, either of sensational exaggeration—trying to work things up and make melodramatic sins out of small matters—or the opposite danger of slurring things over.” (Pg 60)
Ok. Really good stuff here.
Anyone keep a prayer journal? A list of prayers that have or haven’t been answered? A list of prayers for sins committed? Sins that you know of?
It’s an interesting thought. To keep a record of sins. It is a kind of confession when you write it down. You’re confessing to yourself. Confessing at least sins you remember. So many are completely unknown to the conscious mind.
I do like this idea though.
What would that look like in your life? Are you willing to try this?
I might be. A running list of the things to pray for. A running list of confessions….not sure that’s ever a book I’d want anyone else to read.
Anyway, just a thought. Maybe something to implement in your daily walk.