Tara (elementalv) wrote in little_details,

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Catholic penance following confession

I already know the basic shape and intent of Catholic confession and penance, but what I don’t know is a Catholic’s attitude toward the types of penance handed out. So this question is directed toward lapsed and practicing Catholics.

When you were growing up, what was the worst kind of penance the priest might assign you? Was it X number of Hail Marys, X number of Our Fathers, X number of hours helping out the ladies auxiliary? What made you groan and grumble with your friends?

If you’re a practicing Catholic and willing to answer, what’s the most problematic penance you’ve had to perform as an adult? I’m not interested in why you received that particular penance -- I just want to know what it was.
Tags: ~religion: christianity: catholicism

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