At the blog of the Gregorian Institute of Benedictine College in Kansas, there is an entry for the Fortnight for Freedom about the importance of returning to the sacrament of penance.
In other words: Wanna be free? Go to confession!
Let’s have a look at their entry which I will edit down. Read the whole thing HERE. My emphases and comments:
Seven Reasons to Return to Confession
Posted June 23, 2012 by Tom Hoopes
During the Fortnight for Freedom, the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College is offering resources for promoting Catholic identity in public life in the simplest, most high-impact ways possible.
Today’s suggestion: Promote confession.
But don’t take our word for it.
“The renewal of the Church in America depends on the renewal of the practice of penance,” Pope Benedict told us at Nationals Stadium in Washington.
Pope John Paul II spent his last years on earth pleading with Catholics to return to confession, including in an urgent motu proprio document about confession and in his encyclical on the Eucharist.
He called the crisis in the Church the crisis of confession and wrote to priests: “I feel a pressing need to urge you, as I did last year, to rediscover for yourselves and help others to rediscover the beauty of the sacrament of reconciliation.”
Why all of this angst over confession? Because when we skip confession, we lose the sense of sin. [Let me make this easier: We risk going to hell.] The loss of the sense of sin is at the root of so many evils in our time, from child abuse to financial dishonesty, from abortion to atheism.
So, how to promote confession? Here are some talking points. Seven reasons to return to confession, both natural and supernatural.
[Here begin the bullet points without explanations.]
- Sin aggravates you.
- Sin makes you aggravating.
- We need to say it.
- Confessing helps you know yourself.
- Confession helps children.
- It needn’t be like that.
- Confessing mortal sin is required.
- Confession is a personal encounter with Christ.
Examine your consciences every evening.
Ask God to save you from an “unprovided” death.
Go to confession.
Make a plan and just go, already.