Confession can be a scary thing for people. I know, I get it. I still get nervous before I go. It’s hard to confess your innermost flaws. However, I think the rewards outweigh all the inhibitions one might have. Being accountable for our actions and keeping our pride in check is fundamental in our spiritual lives; and this is why it is important to go to confession.
We would never go a year without taking a bath or shower…so why do we do that with our conscience? Confession is like having a spiritual bath…it cleanses us of our sins. It clears the cobwebs from our heart. I know the church recommends a minimum of once per year to go to confession but I think once a month is ideal and here’s why:
Reasons for Going to Confession
1.) We’re not as innocent as we think we are. Yes, maybe you haven’t killed someone, or robbed a bank but I’m positive there are many venial sins you have committed: gossiping, being lazy, over indulging… These acts crowd our spirit just as much as the more dire sins do. Don’t be fooled by thinking these gestures are insignificant and don’t warrant a clear conscience.
2.) It encourages us to want to be better. I think the single most benefit I experience during confession is the idea that I don’t want to keep committing the same sins every month. It’s like having a built-in accountability.
3.) It allows us to practice humility which is such a gift. I think in today’s society with the epidemic of pride, we need more humility and modesty. Confessing to someone is hard and demands meekness.
4.) Going to confession helps us to forgive others. When we receive the sacrament of reconciliation, it makes it more easy to forgive people who have wronged us. We have received forgiveness and in turn we can find it in our heart to forgive others.
During this season there are many penitential services set up for people to go and have confession. I urge you to go and find one close to your home. You will feel an abundant of graces bestow you.
Have a blessed Advent season!