Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy --St. Isidore of Seville: (560 – 636: a scholar and for over three decades, Archbishop of Seville)
Scripture Text: (SIR 15:15-20)
If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you;
if you trust in God, you too shall live;
he has set before you fire and water
to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand.
Before man are life and death, good and evil,
whichever he chooses shall be given him.
Immense is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power, and all-seeing.
The eyes of God are on those who fear him;
he understands man's every deed.
No one does he command to act unjustly,
to none does he give license to sin.
You know the phrase: “Hate the sin, love the sinner…” God understands and forgives us… even after we have sinned – no matter how grievous it may be – as long as we repent – Jesus makes it possible for us to regain that which is most precious in our lives–our human dignity.
But the problem is – People nowadays think that everything can be explained away and justified, rationalized and so people do not think in terms of sin anymore, they no longer feel sorry and therefore they feel there is no need to repent and that is why people do not go to confession anymore… and so they do not experience healing.
Blessed Fulton Sheen said: “Sin is not the worst thing in the world. The worst thing is the denial of sin.”