I Have Sinned


 

Derivative work. Original image was taken by b...

Derivative work. Original image was taken by bobsh_t Flickr user. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wonder how many of us have decided to go to confession as part of our preparation for Easter.  It is a good thing that works wonders for many of us, maybe it can help everyone.

There is something very particular and deeply prayerful about making your confession to God with another person, in my case, a Priest.

It is radically different in intensity to the General confession made collectively at a service, such as at the Mass.

This type of confession is quite hard to do, and for me is very daunting each time I go along to do it, but, as I say, the deep prayerfulness, the intimacy of the experience can be breathtaking.

For those of you who have not done it, you are missing out on an opportunity to be with God in a particularly intimate and powerful way and I hope that you do manage to find a way to access this blessed opportunity.

Mind you, there are things to be mindful of.  Go to someone who you know to be prayerful and in whom you recognise wisdom, and that may not be your local vicar!  It does not have to be a priest but I know of few lay people who offer this service, and the traditional catholic view would be that the absolution cannot be pronounced by a lay person.

This last point is something I would agree with but it is not an essential feature of confession and would not want it to stop you making your confession.  The absolution is secondary to the act of confession and good catholic traditionalists will remind us that the Holy Spirit is free to go wherever it wills.

MrC

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4 thoughts on “I Have Sinned

  1. Sacramental Confession is alive and well in the CofE. Not that many Priests offer it, but if you seek, you will find. Canterbury Cathedral offer it on occasion.

    The General confession from the BCP or CW, is acceptable, but sometimes, we need to talk, to God, through a Priest, who is able to offer God’s grace and counselling as well as having heard our expression of contrition, grant absolution.

    In the end, the Priest is the conduit for the Holy Spirit and God’s grace to be flow freely and is like all Sacraments and Visible Sign of that Grace.

    And, I’m not particularly Catholic, just one who knows a key Sacrament when he sees it.

  2. It is interesting to me that I had very negative feelings towards it, until my SD recommended it for something I was struggling with. I didn’t see how it could help at all, but the effect was amazing. I aim to make my Confession twice a year now.

  3. Dear Tom,

    I believe in the therapeutic value of confession to a priest – especially to a priest who really knows you. However, I also believe that the ‘General Confession’, when undertaken in all conscience, at every Celebration of the Eucharist, can be just as effective – provided you believe in God’s unconditional love for you, a Sinner. (Are not we all sinners?) Happy Resurrection!

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