God sends to us His representatives in the person of His priests. Though priests are not perfect, they are God’s representatives nonetheless. This is especially true in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It’s essential that we approach that Sacrament with confidence and honesty. We must allow the confessor to see the sin in our souls so that he can enter, cleanse and heal by the sacred power of absolution (See Diary #494-496).
Do you go to confession? If so, how often? Do you clean your house more often than you clean your soul? The Lord has given you an immeasurable gift in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He invites you to receive this gift with an open heart. Do not fear this invitation; rather, run to it with eager anticipation of the many graces our Lord wishes to bestow. And do so as regularly as you can.
Lord, why do I fear Your Mercy as it is bestowed through the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Why do I fear Your sacred Mercy poured forth through the act of absolution? Give me courage and humility so that I may confess my sins clearly and completely and so be cleansed and restored to Your Heart. Jesus, I trust in You.
Novena in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday
Good Friday is the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena
The Confession, by Molteni Giuseppe, via Wikimedia