On 12/27/02 2:55 PM, "Fr. John R. Shaw" <vrevjrs@...
> JRS: I think what should be said here, is that such a detailed
> preparation for confession is needed, most of all, by those who feel
> they "have no particular sins, are about the same as most people"-- a
> thought one often hears from "cradle Orthodox".
..."cradle Orthodox.", what a grind! I define a true convert as a great
movement of a person who abandons all previous faith practices and embraces
Orthodoxy in its fullness. Orthodox, cradle or true converts, should feel,
I hope, that our sins are our sins and nobody is to blame but ourselves. We
are not so whimpy as to blame anyone else or giving them any criticism in
providing us an opportunity for our sins, our faults or our responsibility
> Those who think "I'm no worse than others", might better begin with the
> idea that "I'm no *better* than others". This is a much more helpful
I agree that it is better, but I also believe that no comparison should be
made to anyone else in confession, you are on your own. We are created
equally, and then we are on our own. We do not need to compare or qualify
our sins to be forgiven any more or less. Father, do you agree?