The Inner Life – June 10, 2024 – Confession

IL – Father Jim Goins joins Patrick to discuss Confession.

  • (5:41)  – What is confession and what is it important?
  • (11:47)  – What is the difference between mortal an venial sin?
  • Christina – when I go to confession, it seems as though the priest is not interested in hearing me because of venial things and only wants me to come for mortal sins.  Not committing mortal sins that often.
  • Tips for dealing with scrupulosity
  • Ray sends an email about a strange but great penance that he got one time

(20:49) Break 1

  • Father explains the steps to making a good confession?
  • (26:26) Bob – it’s been 40 years since last confession.  been in and out of the church…making his way back. Is there a confession of desire?  He’s a truck driver and doesn’t get the opportunity.  What is the best way to organize those 4 decades of sin?
  • Craig – How much detail do you need to include when confessing?

(37:38) Break 2

  • Email comes in from Judith asking about a face-to-face confession
  • (42:22) Patrick shares an email from a mother with children and can’t get to confession as often.
  • Nick – His sister fell away from church…she hadn’t been to confession for 15 years…got sick and she wanted to pray more…eventually went to confession.  The Lord led her there. Beautiful experience and great for him to witness this experience.
Patrick Conley was born, raised, and baptized in Wisconsin in a Protestant tradition. After meeting his wife, Kendra, through an Evangelical ministry at the University of Minnesota, they entered the Catholic Church in 2010. They listened to Relevant Radio, specifically The Inner Life, while preparing to enter the Church. Conley now holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and has served the Church in both academic theology and grassroots pastoral ministry. Conley teaches religion classes in a Catholic elementary school, serves as his parish Director of Religious Education, and is in formation for the permanent diaconate. He also hosts Practicing Catholic on Relevant Radio, exclusive to the Minneapolis area’s airwaves, and is a traveling presenter for the Catherine of Siena Institute apostolate. He lives in rural Wisconsin with his wife and their bulldogs, Georgie and Bingley.