The convocation has been enjoyable and informative. I find myself wishing there were more free time … but that’s just me. We’ve covered the canons concerning the Sacrament of Confession, from the very beginning to the present. What struck me most is that in the earliest times people only confessed extremely major, generally public things, and did some major public penances – such as standing outside of the Church for three years before being allowed to enter, or fasting for life, or some other such major penance.
Today, people confess just about everything, and penances tend to be milder. (Much milder.)
Long days, with good and prayerful men. St. Matthew, whose feast we celebrate today, pray for us.