Wednesday, 25 April 2012
“Catholics believe that the Holy Mother Church gives birth in the Sacrament of Baptism, nourishes in Holy Eucharist, helps Catholics grow in Confirmation, and heals in the Sacrament of Penance."
An excerpt form Catholicism for Dummies, Rev. John Trigilio Jr., PhD, ThD, and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD
Medicine and therapy can heal a wounded body, but Catholics believe that only God’s grace can heal a wounded soul. That’s why Jesus left the Sacrament of Penance to heal our spiritual wounds, which we call "sin."
Confession, for me, is the most humbling and humiliating experience. It is also the most painful. Nothing reminds me that the Lord knows my every move, thought, and action, than in the moments when I am in the confessional.
The Sacrament of Penance is not meant to be painless. In our time it is easy to become caught up in the day-to-day grind, to build a habit of rushing through our prayers and our time with the Lord. I truly believe that confession is meant to bring us back to God in a humble state. I believe that it is meant to oppose our pride and to inflict humility when and where we need it the most. It is to remind us of God’s infinite love and his infinite forgiveness.
Have you ever experienced true confession and penance? What does that look like to you? What can we learn about our relationship with God through confession?