Yesterday was 'Reconciliation Monday' in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Rockville Centre also had a similar opportunity for the faithful to receive the Sacrament of Penance. At St. Sebastian we started at 3 PM and finished at 9 PM and there was a steady stream of penitents, totaling probably 500 or so. One priest was available at all times but there were four of us for about two hours and two for about two hours. It was a great mix - young and old, English and Spanish speaking(some other languages as well), some regular in their use of the Sacrament and others returning after many, many years.
Hearing confessions is a humbling experience for a priest, realizing that you are the channel of God's mercy and healing forgiveness and love.