Monday, June 18, 2012

A New Kind of "Confession"

“Here one does not confess but dialogues and listens." This is the sign found near the confessional at the Slavic Chapel at the Sanctuary of Loreto. The schedule for "listening" are posted at this most important Marian sanctuary in Italy, constructed next to the Holy House of Loreto where the Holy Family lived. The house was miraculously transported from the Holy Land to Italy in the 13th century so as not to fall into the hands of the Muslims (who obviously did not dialogue). Every morning and afternoon, there are priests who are available to "dialogue" and "listen" using two chairs facing each other.

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