Why Confess To A Priest?

Yesterday I was asked why confess my sins to a priest rather than go directly to God. If you think about it confessing to God would be a lot less humiliating than to a priest. However, think about Jesus being crucified on the cross. What could be more humiliating than that? If you really look at the Protestant logic the next question would be why confess our sins to God. He already knows them.
When I really think about it the greatest reason to avoid confession is pride, the deadliest of the 7 deadly sins. It is our pride that holds us back, pride and fear which does not come from God. We need to humble ourselves to recognize that we are indeed sinners and that we need God’s grace to conquer our sinful nature.
We need confession for a lot of reasons. It gives us perspective on our lives. So often we beat ourselves up which is not what God wants for us in His love for us. A good regular confessor can point out the progress we make. A good confessor can encourage us and advise us how to avoid this sin in the future. We can be confident that everything we say is totally confidential and bound by the seal of confession. We can also be confident that our sins are forgiven. Even the name of the Sacrament is important. It reminds us that we need reconciliation with our God, our church and each other,
Jesus created the Sacrament of Reconciliation out of love for us. He knew our weaknesses, our tendency to sin, our doubts about our worthiness for forgiveness, our fears and insecurities. He knew we needed to hear a real voice tell us our sins are forgiven, that we need encouragement and counsel. He knew all this so we created this great sacrament. Who are we to question His love and mercy? Who are we to refused this great gift of Christ? Who do we think we are to reject this awesome source of God’s grace?
Remember that pride is the deadliest of the deadly sins. Do not give into it and reject such a beautiful sacrament and source of grace.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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