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.
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.
This digression will expand what I said last week, and I'll spend the lion's share of our time telling you a story from my own life. It's a story of love for people, and how without it, we cannot give our gifts to one another, and consequently, we fall short of our destinies.
The ancient art of confession is lost to most Christians today. It is a loss that causes great peril to our souls. In this lesson, we talk about the importance of this ancient practice, and some of the reasons we tend to resist it.
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.
by Doug Hammack The “Big Three” temptations of life have a long and storied tradition. The ancients called them “the lust of the eyes,” “the lust of the flesh,” and “the pride of life.” We think of them as pride (an excessive focus on self), lust (an excessive focus on pleasure), and greed (an excessive […]