The Seven Sacraments: Confession
The Catholic Church has been given seven sacraments through which we receive the grace of God, uniting us to Christ and strengthening us in our life of faith. These sacraments are powerful means by which God transforms us.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, otherwise known as the Sacrament of Pennance or Confession, is my favorite, second only to the Eucharist. In Reconciliation, God stoops to hear our confession of sin, not to beat us down, but to restore the life in us and the relationship that was damaged. God waits for us in the Sacrament of Pennance, ready to forgive and to restore.
God has given this sacrament to His Church through the Apostles, and their successors, the Bishops. This ministry of reconciliation is shared by the Priest. When we come to Confession and confess (admit/agree) to our sins, our Priest is that visible sign from God, assuring us that through God’s mercy and love we have truly been forgiven. Our sins are not merely overlooked, nor covered over though existing. No, our sins are gone, having been put as far as the east is from the west and remembered no more.
For God to say He does not remember does not mean He has a foggy memory. No, God is all-knowing. When we see God’s memory referenced in the Old Testament, it is referring to presence and reality. This is why a prayer of the Passover was to remember the Messiah. Make the Savior present. This is also why Christ insituted the Eucharist with the words, “Do this in rememberance of me.”
Know, brothers, when you enter that confessional, that after making a sincere and complete confession, that you walk out not only forgiven but also strengthened in your fight against temptation. We gain so much from the Sacrament of Pennance.
Guys, if you haven’t been to confession in a while, I am telling you to go now. Make an appointment or go at the regular time. You will not surprise Father with what you say. He has heard it all. Go in, let it all go. Let Christ purge all of the crap with which you have chosen to fill your life. Take your struggles and your wounds and let Jesus heal you and restore you.
I can tell you from personal experience that Confession works. It heals. Through this Sacrament of Pennace God will help you overcome addictions and weaknesses, and you will gain new habits and strengths. Go. My prayer today is that you will return to the confessional and that others will join you (and me) in this great gift of God.
Posted on May 22, 2014, in Catholic Belief, Catholic Convert, Catholic Manliness, Personal Witness, Sacraments of the Catholic Church, Spiritual Warfare and tagged catholic pennance, catholic sacraments, confess to a priest, Confession, go to priest, overcome addiction, reconciliation, whose sins you forgive. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.