There is a wonderful story about St. Margaret Mary Alacoque that describes well the reconciliation brought on by the act of confession. She received the vision of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but her spiritual director needed to be sure those visions were from God. The priest asked her to ask Jesus what sins he [the priest] had said at his last confession. St. Margaret returned and when the priest asked what Jesus said, St. Margaret looked at him with an expression of confusion and said, “He said he didn’t know; He had forgotten them.”
All of us make mistakes. All of us are not as kind and thoughtful towards others as we should be, whether that is to a parent, a family member, a friend, or even to ourselves. Every sin hurts our relationship with someone, but in doing so also hurts our relationship with God. Through the sacrament of reconciliation that relationship is restored: you appear in God’s eyes like you did on the day of your baptism! Through this sacrament we are cleaned out from all the gunk that clogs us and often clouds our vision. We are restored to good working order so that grace might freely flow again.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16: 19)
In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.
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