For whatever reason we had a good crowd for the Sacrament of Reconciliation this morning. This is not always the case. Sometimes I wonder if we should post a sign "Sinners Welcome! And Saints as well!" This wonderful sacrament of healing and reconciliation is too often ignored, as I lament about often. But when saints who experience sin and sinners who desire holiness open themselves to the grace of the sacrament and the love and mercy of God, great things happen.
This morning I had two individuals (actually a couple) who each brought their cell phones with them. They were using their phones to bring up the apps for Confession, and were using that specifically to reflect and make a good examination of conscience. Even though they made their own act of contrition, these are also found on that apps. It is a great modern tool.
Some might want to use this technology to "text" or "phone in their confession" ... a definite no - no. It must be in person and face to face. The danger with these devices is that they can be used to record or transmit, which of course goes contrary to the privacy of the sacrament and the seal of confession. Thus they should not find their way into the actual reconciliation experience. But their use beforehand, to pause and reflect, can be useful and a great way to examine your heart.