I am not worthy, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. Matthew 8:8
Why do Catholics go to confession? I’m going to give you a little inspiration about a personal confession of someone I love more than anything on this Earth and his experience through confession, but first what is confession? – It is an encounter in which God, by giving you his forgiveness through the ministry of the church, creates a new heart and places a new spirit within you, so that you may live in reconciliation with God, with yourself, and with others, becoming capable of offering forgiveness and love yourself, leaving behind any temptation on distrust or any sense of weariness.
Most of my friends whom are non-Catholics often ask: why do you have to go to a Priest to confession your sins? Why can’t you just go directly to God? Some may even say a Priest is a sinner just like you and me.
And for those reasons, I’m not going to lie, I have questioned this myself, but the deeper I’m trying to grow in my Faith the more it makes sense to me.
I grew up a cradle Catholic, which means from the time I was in a crib I was in the Catholic Church, (the Priest at my Church has baptized my dad, me and my son.) So confession was something that I just thought was part of church… going to confession, receiving the communion and then having a doughnut after church services before we went home.
I never really thought about why Catholics do what we do, until later on in life. It’s sad that I’m just now learning more about my Faith at such an older age, but catechism is really intriguing to me now. Specially raising my own little soul who looks up to me for answers that I just dont know how to answer at times. Being a parent is hard, but trying to explain God’s work is that much harder for someone who doesn’t have the right words, especially one trying to hide behind my guilty conscious and my weak heart of sins.
So why go to confession: Let me try to explain how my own son feels at 10 years old.
For the past couple of weeks, my son has been back and forth about going to confession.
Mommy I’m nervous, as he told me one morning. I simply said it’s ok to be nervous, but think of how you will be proud of yourself once you do it. (If we could all take our own advice right!?) Well, this past Sunday morning he finally walked into the confessional. When he came out he kneeled down and then reached over and asked me, mom how do you say the Hail Mary? I went through the prayer with him and then he nodded, yep that is how I thought it was said. He sat down beside me and not even a second later, unable to hold his excitement, he leaned over and said, now, I can’t tell you my sins but I feel so much better. It’s like I had dirt on my heart walking in and then walking out, God had poured clean water on my heart.
I couldn’t help but tear up because these words came out of a small child, a child that loves his Lord and truly is such an innocent baby that was just touched by the Holy Spirit.
It’s like I had dirt on my heart walking in and then walking out, God had poured clean water on my heart.
Trying to play the “cool, calm and collective” in mom mode … I simply said: yep, and guess what, God has forgiven you – just like that. GONE! By that time the Mass was fixing to start and confessions were over, the priest walks out of the room and my son starts waving like our priest was walking in a parade to the Vatican. Of course, the priest didn’t see him waving his little arm off, but then he leaned back over to me and said, he isn’t mad at me at all. I said of course he isn’t mad it was Jesus in there with ya’ll.
When you are absolved from your sins by the person the Lord has chosen and sent as the minster of forgiveness, you can experience the freedom that only God gives, and understand why confession is a source of peace.
On your own, you will never know, if what has touched you is the grace grave of God or your own emotions; if you have forgiven yourself or been forgiven by God. That’s why we go to confession.
It will always be a proud moment for me. Even if I, myself, have failed at everything else on this Earth, at least, I can see the joys of bringing my son to church and offering him the beautiful sacrament of reconciliation. If we all had an open heart like children do and simply being able to explain things on a child’s level … It’s as easy as washing dirt off …
Anyhoo, on a lighter note, if I was a “Pokemon Go” person, this would be THE outfit I would run into things with, but unfortunately that part of the world has not grown on me yet. What has grown on me is how ‘graphic-tees’ are making a huge old school come back.
This graphic-tee is from The Catholic Company. Pope Francis and I both give it two thumbs up for being on sale at that!
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*Thank you @ The Catholic Company for reposting via Instagram.
“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John20:23)
“Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed” (James5:16)