So, after a few weeks championing the benefits confession affords our souls, we come today, to the practical "how-to's" of this ancient practice. We look at making a good confession in three parts, 1) self-awareness, 2) thoroughness, and 3) penance (Only some beginning remarks on penance; just enough to let you know it is probably not what you think it is. We'll finish up next week) Have a listen.

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After last week's digression to reinforce the importance of making for ourselves a healthy spiritual community, today we resume looking at the practicality of this ancient spiritual spiritual practice, confession. The themes of this lesson are very personal for me. The bulk of last week's digression-lesson was a personal story, and this week is too. It was embarrassing 15 years ago, now it is one of my most cherished memories.

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Friends for the Fray: An Imperative

As we've been talking about "The Big Three," pride, lust, and greed, we're seeing that we don't turn away their destructive powers in our lives very well alone. Though we've been schooled in individualism, and independence, these thoroughly American traits don't tend to serve us well on the spiritual journey. Today's lesson focuses on the imperative of hammering out for ourselves, a community of spiritual friends. The next few lessons will focus on how to do that; what it will look like when we do.

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