I waited in line at the Cathedral for over an hour - the line stretched across the entire church. Two priests were hearing confessions. I told the lady next to me that I felt how people on the Titanic must have felt waiting for the life boats before time ran out. Confessions were to end at 5:00 PM but Fr. Ubel remained in the confessional through Mass time.
I was able to get in before 5PM and I stayed for Mass afterwards. the afternoon turned out to be a sort of mini retreat. The priests at the Cathedral are excellent priests - Fr. Jaspers had Mass. Our priests are so solid, so reverent, so good.
Anyway. Go to confession - the encounter with Christ in the sacraments is overwhelming in our times. This morning I still experience the effects. Not sure if it is more of a signal grace because it is Holy Week - but He is there. Jesus is really, truly present in the sacraments, living and active.
The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation. "Sacramental grace" is the grace of the Holy Spirit, given by Christ and proper to each sacrament. The Spirit heals and transforms those who receive him by conforming them to the Son of God. The fruit of the sacramental life is that the Spirit of adoption makes the faithful partakers in the divine nature by uniting them in a living union with the only Son, the Savior. - CCC 1129
His heart an open wound with love.