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ITT: Revelations Within the Mystery of Confession

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In this thread, please reveal advice given to you by your confessor without any context!

I was told to pray the Jesus Prayer more often. 

I'll let you decide for what reason.

 

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I was told to cease posting because of the dissipative and pan-ecumenistic tone of the site.

However, I might respond to PMs, and you are very welcome to click the teal ball on my profile page.

Good bye
 

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Maria said:
I was told to cease posting at world.orthodox.christianity.net due to the dissipative and pan-ecumenistic tone of the site.

However, I will respond to PMs, and you are very welcome to click the teal ball on my profile page.

Good bye
That's very odd. I was told to stop posting at genuine.true.forreallyrealguys.old.calendar.authentic.notatallheretical.sincerly.orthodox.schismatics.org because stickiusinyourus-rearus is a contagion communicable through the interwires. Our priests must be estranged brothers or something.
 

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Maria said:
I was told to cease posting because of the dissipative and pan-ecumenistic tone of the site.

However, I might respond to PMs, and you are very welcome to click the teal ball on my profile page.

Good bye
Quoting for posterity
 

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Maria said:
I was told to cease posting because of the dissipative and pan-ecumenistic tone of the site.

However, I might respond to PMs, and you are very welcome to click the teal ball on my profile page.

Good bye

I wonder if a blessing was issued for this post
 

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Me: What should I do?
Father-Confessor: How old are you, again?
Me: <x> years old.
Father-Confessor: You're <x> years old.
 

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DeniseDenise said:
Maria said:
I was told to cease posting because of the dissipative and pan-ecumenistic tone of the site.

However, I might respond to PMs, and you are very welcome to click the teal ball on my profile page.

Good bye

I wonder if a blessing was issued for this post
Ah, Denise, thanks for jarring my memory.  ;)

This is a very important musing.

The priest told me that he was not going to give me a blessing to post anything because he is not an Elder, nor does he pretend to be one. He emphasized that the GOC does not encourage Elder worship.

Now I shall retreat in silence.
 

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I do not understand this thread. ???
 

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Gamliel said:
I do not understand this thread. ???
hecma925 said:
In this thread, please reveal advice given to you by your confessor without any context!
Or respond to Maria.  The choice is freely yours.
 

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hecma925 said:
In this thread, please reveal advice given to you by your confessor without any context!

I was told to pray the Jesus Prayer more often. 

I'll let you decide for what reason.

It's a pity how this interesting thread managed to get truly and thoroughly derailed.
 

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I was basically told not to be too hard on myself all of the time. I guess I confessed too many things that the priest was thinking "Dude, how is that even wrong? Your outrage is just in such a situation."
 

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I have had both my confessors (two different churches, we moved) tell me that when it came to prayer and fasting...  do only as much as you can do consistently and then do it... consistently.
 

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wgw said:
It's a pity how this interesting thread managed to get truly and thoroughly derailed.
It only stays derailed if one wishes it to be so.  Much like the spiritual life.

Rohzek and homedad76 brought us back from the abyss.
 

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I was told to stop cussing. The confession had nothing to do with cussing, nor had I brought up cussing any time previously, and I certainly hadn't cussed at church.
 

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Often forget what was said during Confession! Besides my Spiritual Confessor and I usually laugh through a large portion of it.
But I do recall one thing, once, I confessed despair, darkness, etc....you know, the same old stuff we've all felt, I trust, and he mentioned something about us being beings created from 'nothing' and stop trying to look backwards into whence we came and turn around, forwards to where we are promised.
IOW, get my head out of my retrograde.
We laughed again.
 

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"Mina my son! You must strive until bloodshed!"
 

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I was confessing being angry with a person, and antagonizing them... I was told it was my struggle, and to continue engaging in said antagonizing behavior!  Believe it or not this was very hard advice to follow, I wanted him to just tell me apologize and knock it off. Strangely, I do feel it ended up being beneficial to both parties involved.
 

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"Rather than debate, it's better to keep silent at times."
 

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My spiritual father told me to pray always and to stay strong in faith to Christ. He told me it is very important to have a strong faith in God and to communicate with Him through prayer. Because we are all beg His mercy for whatever we do.
 

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"Go back to mom's advice:  if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it!"
 

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I was told to read more Scripture and do better in the Wednesday and Friday fasts.
 

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"At least you're trying! That counts!"
 

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Father-Confessor: The gun is good!
Me: The gun is good!
Father-Confessor: The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of ecumenism. Go forth, and kill!
 

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Iconodule said:
Father-Confessor: The gun is good!
Me: The gun is good!
Father-Confessor: The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds, and makes new Life to poison the Earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the Gun shoots Death and purifies the Earth of the filth of ecumenism. Go forth, and kill!
I DVR'd that movie the other day.  Is it worth watching? 
 

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The priest to whom I was told me: Keep fasting.
My priest before years told me, when I was for first time to him: If you have given a vow you should fasting.
 

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"Now that you can identify what keeps leading you back to that sin, stop going back into that pit of despair.  You'll still feel horrible, but now stop doing what you've always done."
 

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"What?  No, don't do that!"
 

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"Why are you shocked at your sinning, since you are a sinner?", or something along this line.
 

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"Keep coming to the services; keep praying, even, and especially, when you don't want to."
 

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"This is going to hurt for a long time, but keep struggling."
 

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That’s what my dentist said as he strapped me to a gurney and started the drill.
 

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Iconodule said:
That’s what my dentist said as he strapped me to a gurney and started the drill.
Stop wriggling around.
 

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We never had public confession, but yesterday during coffee hour one of the priests asked everyone: "So, who's been managing to fast?", followed by silence. Then he repeated: "Come on, I want to know, who is?", which was answered with a mix of answers, self-conscious giggles and his wife asking: "What on Earth, Father?"
 
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