03 April 2011

Why I Love Hearing Confessions...

Pope Benedict gives priests more direction about confession:

Dear priests, do not neglect to allow enough room for the exercise of the ministry of Penance in the confessional: to be welcomed and heard is also a human sign of God's welcoming kindness to his children. Moreover the integral confession of sins teaches the penitent humility, recognition of his or her own frailty and, at the same time, an awareness of the need for God's forgiveness and the trust that divine Grace can transform his life. Likewise, listening to the confessor's recommendations and advice is important for judging actions, for the spiritual journey and for the inner healing of the penitent.

Let us not forget how many conversions and how many truly holy lives began in a confessional! The acceptance of the penance and listening to the words "I absolve you from your sins", are, lastly, a true school of love and hope that guides the person to full trust in the God Love, revealed in Jesus Christ, to responsibility and to the commitment to continuous conversion.

Dear priests, our own prior experience of divine Mercy and of being humble instruments teaches us an ever more faithful celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and profound gratitude to God who "gave us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Cor 5:18).

"A true school of love and hope."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I had thought that the idea of
frequent confession not being
needed was a product of the
sixties with both priests and
laity concluding that it simply
wasn't necessary except for once
a year and for mortal sins. But,
I was going through my father's
belongings from when he was in the
army during World War II and there
was a religious publication urging
more frequent confession as a way
to keep from falling into greater sin and bemoaning the fact that
confessions were dropping off in
parishes around the country.
It's going to take a lot of
prayers to make up for 70 years
of bad habits.