Catholic Confession, the Healer of Souls!

The Sacrament of Catholic Confession is the first thing that Jesus established after His glorious Resurrection. This sounds logic, because He died to redeem us from our sins!

But there must be a sincere repentance in order for us to be forgiven for our sins. 

“ Again Jesus said: “ Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. And with that he breathed on them and said: “ Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven” - John 21:21-23.

Logically the task that Jesus trusted the disciples with, could not stop being carried out, when all His disciples died!

This explains why until this day the Catholic Church uses this power to forgive sins in the name of Jesus.

Benefits of the Sacrament of Catholic Confession

The Sacrament of Confession removes the guilt. But what's more important, it restores the Grace that our soul has lost by sinning.

We are alive again, in Christ the Redeemer! We can start all over, making use of the Sanctifying Graces the Sacraments lavish upon us!

So, let's not be afraid, let's confess our sins, and regain the Supernatural Life that we lost due to unconfessed mortal sins!

Why do we confess to a priest?

To a non-Catholic it might be unnecessary that God uses a Priest to absolve us from our sins. But let's take a better look at the above mentioned verses.

Are these verses not enough to let us understand, that it's God that decided the manner which He wants to forgive our sins?

And more, if God has always used men to communicate His gifts to each other, why don't we accept this fact also in the Sacrament of Catholic Confession?

When, by The Sacrament of Baptism, we are born in the Supernatural Life, so we can enter heaven, does not this happen through men?

And isn't it through men that we receive the Holy Communion?

And this is so with all the other Sacraments!

The Sacrament of Catholic Confession removes the guilt. But what's more important, it restores the Grace that our soul has lost by sinning.

But the measure of the effects of these sanctifying graces depends on our dispositions when we receive this important Sacrament of Penance.

It's also important for our Spiritual growth to confess frequently. 

"To win the battles of the soul, the best strategy often is to bide one's time and apply the suitable remedy with patience and perseverance."  So wrote St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei.

The book "Frequent Confession", explains more how to use these strategies, giving you insight both from the aspect of confessor and penitent.

So, let's not be afraid, let's confess our sins, and regain the Supernatural Life that we lost due to unconfessed mortal sins!

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