You know, as a priest I am encouraged by many things but one of the greatest encouragements is hearing the confessions of simple, humble strugglers who doggedly battle for holiness through the action of God in their lives - even if they experience that action mostly as forgiveness.
I think they are wonderful people! So stubborn in their refusal to let sin have the last say in their lives they come time and again to the fount of mercy.
Wonderful people! God must be so pleased with them! He loves sinners who come to him with such simple humility and confident sorrow.
As far as I am concerned they are heroes. Keep coming, people, his mercy is inexhaustible!