Give Yourself the Gift of Confession

 

Go to confession.

Church teaching requires that Catholics go to confession at least once a year. However, to grow in the spiritual life, the Church encourages Catholics to go at least once a month (when I was young, we were encouraged to go every two weeks). But this post isn’t about the theology behind Confession or Church teaching.

The Gift of Confession

You see, I love going to confession. Besides the Eucharist, Confession is my favorite sacrament. (Crazy, I know!) Don’t get me wrong, I still get nervous sometimes when I go to confession. I sometimes think I don’t have anything to say. And yes, I often confess the same things over again. But that’s okay!

When we go to Confession, we don’t just have our sins forgiven. We gain grace and strength to live out our womanly vocation. Additionally, depending on the priest, we can get some really good insights and/or advice. Even if we don’t, we still encounter Christ in a very real and profound way in Confession.

Sure, just like the liturgy, it is great if  when we get to confess to a priest who is on fire for his faith and truly a vessel of Christ. But, sadly, that just isn’t always going to happen unless we are blessed to be in a parish with priests who understand the value of the sacrament. Still, we just need to remember that no matter what vessel Jesus decides to use, it is JESUS we confess to in the Sacrament. Years ago, I read in a book that when we go to confession we “whisper into the ear of Jesus.” Those words have made such an impact on me, and to this day I try to remember that when I go to confession.

Over the years, I have gone to confession to some wonderful priests and there have been times when I left the confessional wondering if the sacrament was valid. Then one day, I realized that I have a choice. I know the priests in the area where I live that I like and I can choose to make a point of confessing to them. When I don’t have the opportunity to confess to a priest I want, I make an act of faith and confess to the priest available. If you live in an area where the priests may be questionable, please don’t let that stop you from the Sacrament. The grace is still there! (And don’t forget to offer prayers and sacrifices for the priest.)

Remember, Confession really is a GIFT from God to Mother Church.

So please,  do give yourself the gift Confession frequently, especially during the next 40 days of Lent. Here is a little blurb on how to make a good confession, if you need it.

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