by Fr. Ogie Magbanua, SSP
Can I hug you, father?” This sudden request came as a surprise to me so I blurted with a question, “Yes?” This request was from the young woman who had confessed her sins, soon after I have given her the absolution. Then she took the initiative to embrace me more out of comfort for herself than for me as I looked anxiously at the other college students lining up and waiting for their turn at confession on the other side of the glass door. The hug was sweet, quick, and comforting as I tapped her back as if saying, “Everything will turn out fine. God is always with us.” I was glad nobody had the same request after her.