Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fr. Troy

Some of you know how much I love Fr. Troy. He's one of the two major reasons I don't ever want to move (Mrs. Carol, the girls' dance teacher, is the other). I went to Confession on Saturday, and as usual the line was very long. Am I the only person who is very happy to see a long Confession line? If the crowds at Confession and Mass at St. John Vianney are any indication, the Catholic Church is thriving. In any case, I am, as ever, thanking God for Fr. Troy. My children will grow up loving Confession because of him. He has the ability to hone in on the underlying issue of whatever you tell him. He knows that whatever your sin, it's a symptom of something else. When he talked to me on Saturday, I knew that I was hearing Jesus. Believe me (and if you know me, you know this is true), I *know* how stupid that sounds. It's true, though. His voice was so kind and compassionate. He told me exactly what I needed to hear at that time (basically to let go of my control and give God's grace room to work (on/in this situation)). It's embarrassing, but I basically had to run out of the confessional crying (after absolution, of course). 

It's so fitting that he is the pastor at St. John Vianney - the great confessor priest. I wish that everyone could experience the joy of the Sacrament of Confession. There is nothing like it. We need to pray for more priests, especially priests with the gift of hearing confessions well. 


  1. I was thinking the same thing as I read this - "How fitting that he is pastor at Saint John Vianny!"

    My favorite part of the summer camps and conferences I do with our teens is seeing the loooong confession lines.

    Our youth group kids never miss Adoration - (even on their birthdays!) and are regulars with at least monthly Confessions.

    I have had some amazing things happen in the confessional, so I don't think it sounds crazy at all!

    I'm very glad your family is so blessed. Thanks be to God!

  2. Yes, absolutely, Catherine. Thanks be to God. Thanks for reading!