Reflection 160: The Mercy of Confession


Have you discovered the great joy of going to Confession?  Some do not consider the Sacrament of Confession to be a great joy.  Instead, they see it as a painful and humiliating experience.  But perhaps some need the humiliation of an honest confession to help break them out of their sin.  Others, those who sincerely seek the abundant Mercy of God, will take great delight in going to Confession because they see the glorious effect it has upon their soul.  Seek to love Confession.  Pray that it becomes something that you long for as you anticipate the wonderful fruits of this holy purification (See Diary #817).

When is the last time you went to Confession?  If it has been a while then this reflection is for you.  The Lord is calling you to receive the Mercy He has infused into this glorious Sacrament.  By going to Confession and receiving absolution you are encountering Jesus Himself.  It is He, hidden within the priest, who absolves you and cleanses your soul.  Do you believe this?  Do you want this grace for your soul?  Reflect upon that which deters you from Confession.  It may be inconvenience, or a busy schedule, or fear, or distrust of a particular priest.  Whatever it is, keeping you from this Sacrament, allow the Lord to remove it.  The Lord loves you and is calling you to His Merciful Heart.  Rejoice in that fact and foster within your soul a holy longing to receive all that He wishes to bestow through this sacred gift of Mercy.

Precious Jesus, I entrust myself to Your Mercy and pray that I will be open to this gift as You desire to bestow it.  I pray that I may have a burning desire for the Mercy You wish to offer me through this Sacrament.  Humble me Lord, and help me to confidently open the wounds of my soul to Your healing grace.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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