Confession, the Misunderstood Sacrament
Part 2 of our series on Catholic Culture is about one of our practices. I wish it were our most popular practices. It is commonly called confession but the official name is the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Catholics are encouraged, rather strongly to partake of this sacrament at least twice a year, once during advent and once during lent. Vocabulary side note: Advent is the 25 day preparation period before Christmas in which we prepare ourselves for the second coming of Jesus Christ and Christmas, simultaneously. Lent is the 40 day period from Ash Wednesday until roughly Easter (take away the Sundays and a couple others).
Why do we do this, you may ask. Because we know that we are sinners and we want to be better people. Yes we do believe that we can just ask Jesus to forgive us. But we also want to grow in holiness. Hiding your sins inside your own mind is NOT going to help you grow in holiness, just like not going to church or being part of the body of Christ and participating in parish life is not going to grow you in holiness either.
We also want to be like Jesus and his disciples who showed us examples of how we ought to live. Jesus lived with other people and spent His days with them. He "walked in the light" so to speak. We take the admonitions of John and James very seriously, John, in his first letter tells us "
We can, however repent to the priest and enlist his prayers for reparation of our wrongdoing and he can forgive us for the community that we have offended.
As you can see all of the practices of Catholics are firmly grounded in scripture. Since we brought the Bible safely from Jesus and the Disciples all the way to the modern era, we helped make sure it got written down and preserved for future generations, we are pretty well grounded in it.
Tomorrow I will post the Meme that got this started. Blessings upon you and please pray for me.