You can become an expert in almost anything if you do it enough. Everyone has expertise in something, if you think about it. My 14 month old son has become an expert at drinking his bottle. It took him a while to figure it out but now he doesn’t struggle at all. When I was involved in martial arts I must have done 10s of thousands of roundhouse kicks. I believe I am an expert at performing and teaching the round house kick. Repetition can make you an expert at something.
Unfortunately that’s not always a good thing. I remember a time in my life when I was an expert at sinning. There were certain sins that, sadly, I committed so many times I became an expert at them. I’m sure that if you think about it there are certain sins that you have become an expert at because you have committed them so many times and in so many different ways. Think about the 7 capital sins. Have you become an expert in Pride, anger, greed, lust, gluttony, envy and sloth?
Thankfully you have the ability to become an expert in something good as well as long as you work at it. I have worked very hard to become an expert at the Sacrament of confession. As much time as I spent becoming an expert in sin it seemed only natural that I should strive to get the most out of the sacrament of God’s healing mercy. How did I set about to gain this expertise?
- I received the sacrament frequently (that means weekly or maybe monthly.)
- I studied what the Church says about the Sacrament (open up your catechism and look in the index under “Penance”)
- I studied what the saints and spiritual masters had to say about the reception of the sacrament (recommended books: Frequent Confession: Its place in the Spiritual Life by Benedikt Bauer, Luke warmness: The Devil in Disguise by Francis Fernandez Carvajal and I am currently reading Pardon and Peace by Fr. Alfred Wilson C.P.)