I stopped by Conversion Diary this morning because when I'm feeling emotionally stressed or spiritually "dry," I can always count on this blog to feature a post that hits the mark. Today was no different, but Jennifer's post, "Undefeatable Joy," is just too good not to share with all of you. Her beautiful prose and inspiring faith are so powerful in this essay about an encounter with God at confession that you will want to run out right now and find a priest to hear your own.
From Jennifer's post:
"After I recounted my sins he began to give me advice, and all my pent-up stress started to rush out of me as if I'd taken some sort of medication. The Holy Spirit couldn't have been more palpable if he'd pulled up a chair and sat down next to us. I could barely resist jumping to my feet and shouting my thanks to God for this amazing experience. It was partially because the priest's words had a surgeon's accuracy in terms of their healing effect on my soul, but, mostly, it was simply his joy. He just had some something, some essence that is impossible to put into words, a kind of mighty, unshakable joy that permeated all his actions down to his smallest mannerisms. The slow, confident way he reacted to things; the timeless wisdom of his advice; the ease of his smile; the love in his words, especially when he talked about God -- it all spoke of the sort of rock-solid peace that would have given me pause if I'd encountered it when I was an atheist."
Read the entire post by clicking HERE. And you need to read the entire post.