There is a luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel that no one else has a right to blame us. It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution. ~ Oscar Wilde

the confessionalThe Confessional

 If you grew up Roman Catholic, as I did, our title/question may have a negative meaning to you. It certainly did to me for many years.

The church taught we were all born sinners, with “original sin.” Then, when you reached “the age of reason,” you had to take full responsibility for all future sins. If you committed any sin, big or small (“mortal” or “venial” in the church’s terminology), you were no longer living in a state of grace. The only way you could return to that state of grace was to confess your sins to a priest in the confessional.

I no longer accept any of that for myself. I know others do, including many in my family. I respect and honor their values and beliefs. After all, it works for them.


You were all born in a state of grace. You have never left that state of grace, no matter what “sins” you think you’ve committed. You are children of God. You are God. You are the universe.

You are, as you say, “pure as the driven snow.” See yourselves that way, as we see you. Then your entire life, your entire being, will shift into a higher vibration. You will see yourselves through our eyes—wise, powerful loving beings of light and love.

You are always in a state of grace. You have never left that state of grace. Remember that, always.


What do you think about original sin, and the whole concept of sin? Do we need the intercession of a priest or other minister to return to a state of grace?

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Amazing Grace has been one of my favorite songs since childhood. I only recently came across this beautiful instrumental version by panflute musician David Döring, filmed in the beautiful Austrian Alps.


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Seeing through the Eyes of Grace
Moments of Grace 1
Moments of Grace 2


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