Lent is a time of cleansing. A time of introspection. A time of forgiveness. All of these are manifested in the much neglected and maligned Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I have met lots of people who neglect going to Confession. Here are the reasons they give for not going:
- They don’t think their sins are bad enough.
- They “forget” to go.
- They have better things to do on a Saturday afternoon.
- Posted times are not convenient.
- They are not comfortable with making an appointment, “Father is really busy.”
- They are uncomfortable telling their sins to someone.
- They don’t trust priests anymore.
- Excuses. excuses. excuses.
YOU need to reconcile with Christ. You sinned – You need forgiveness. You fell, and Christ is there to pick you up and help you get on with your life. You have a great gift in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Christ created this gift for you. So, find a church on Saturday with a priest you like and can feel comfortable with, make an appointment, or even corner a priest when you see him. Unless he looks like he is about to pull his hair out at that moment, I have not known a priest to turn someone away who wants to go to Confession. “Hey Father, do you think you have the time to hear my quick confession?” I do think that it is best though, if you have not been for a LONG time, or have some serious sins, that you make an appointment, or at the very least make the time on Saturday.
You can do this. There is nothing to be afraid of. If you have not been for a long time you will have such a burden lifted. You will feel lighter and the graces you get from Confession will give you the strength to continue on.
Here are some websites to help you:
The Archdiocese of Boston has a fantastic website on Confession for this Lent. It is very good and will have everything you need. The Light is On For You
Feeling Bad About Confession Fr. Dwight Longenecker writes about how it is not necessarily the sins you feel bad about that are the worst.
From Perfunctory Penitence to Compelling Confession In Four Easy Steps at the Archdiocese of Washington’s website. Msgr. Charles Pope discusses that just a superficial telling of sins is not enough. To be really effective you have to go deep into the why’s of the sins you are committing. This is very helpful in advancing your walk with God.
Here is a quick little guide to the Seven Capital Sins & Their Contrary Virtues