This is a tough concept to wrap our heads around because technically, we are talking to a human. Yes, sometimes you may end up talking to a priest that either a) knows you, so it’s awkward in the moment or b) makes you feel even worse in the moment. But the more important part at play is the divine part.The Spirit intervenes in confession, and it’s the Spirit who is calling the shots.
Among them, 27% of confessions included sexual acts with a parent or other family member, and 11% about incestuous relations with a sibling or cousin.
Perhaps most shocking is that 12% of the confessions polled regarded bestiality, or sexual acts with another species….mainly dogs.
So, when you confess your sins to a priest in the sacrament of reconciliation, know that you are also singing praise to God for his great mercy.
Frequent confession is edifying for your priest and good for your soul!
I love going to confession because I’m such a sinner that my confessions are always formative. My regular confessor (who has since passed) at the time when I began this habit used to laugh at me and say, “Erin, no one is as happy coming into the confessional as you.” But for me, it’s so easy to be happy. You’re special for so many reasons as part of God’s creation, but your original sin is the least original thing about you.
Who doesn’t want to leap into the arms of a loving father after they’ve fallen down dozens of times right in a row? It’s the same way I feel at the end of the work day. In case you need more comfort, remember that no one will be looking at you anyway because everyone is nervous to be there.
” Read more of that awesome article on confession here. Saving us from our sins is not only in the Lord’s job description—it’s actually, literally his title. We’re not alongside him, expected to achieve perfection, helping divide and conquer the saving. There is so much freedom in that, and it’s a freedom I pray you come to know intimately. Here’s a refresher: For a more detailed walk through, click here.
Once we embrace our need to be saved, delve into humility and let God meet us where we’re at, the only place we’re going to want to meet him will be in the confessional.
But it’s true, and it’s one of the weirdest things about me.