Going to confession is never an easy thing. Just looking at the statistics alone can be staggering: 1 in 8 Catholics (12%) go to confession every year and only 2% report that they participate in Reconciliation at least once a month. Why is this?
First off, I think people don’t see Confession as an importance. Either they disagree with confessing sins to a priest or they don’t even think about it at all; it’s not on their radar whatsoever.
Another reason could be because it’s embarrassing. Telling a stranger your innermost wrongdoings isn’t exactly on the list of “things to do” on a average Saturday afternoon. I get it.
Humbling ourselves to bear witness to our sinful nature is hard…let alone blurt it out to priest. What will he think of us? Even if he doesn’t see your face…he heard your voice. Yikes!
As Catholics, it is our obligation to confess our sins (at least once a year at the very least). But instead of looking at it as a obligatory gesture, perhaps we should think of it more as a gift. A gift our Lord has bestowed on each one of us. We are able to wash our soul of sins we have committed. Isn’t that a good thing?
One last thought is that after Confession, a great weight is lifted from the spirit. The idea of penance and making restitution gives us God’s absolution and ultimate grace. This is a powerful thing.
So as most parishes are offering penitential service this week…I would encourage you to partake in them and cleanse you soul before Holy Week and Easter celebrations.
On a side note, my little girl had her First Reconciliation on Monday. It was so special watching her kneel down and pray her penance. Nothing more sweeter.