posted on May, 25 2013 @ 04:40 PM
In the Sacrament, which Confession (John 20:23) to a priest is, you receive God's grace
, God's actual presence in you. This grace helps you
overcome sin to fight the daily spiritual battle.
the priest's prayer of absolution, you are assured
your sins are forgiven.
Look at other reasons why Jesus decided confession to a priest is the way. Thank you Dr. Taylor Marshall, he use to be an Anglican priest, he
discovered the faith and converted. Taylor shares also, as I did, the last sentences, about the audible.
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Christ knows that we would cheat ourselves. That's right. We wouldn't take the sin seriously. Nor would we take the grace received seriously.
I have confessed my sins straight to God. I have confessed my sins to God in the presence of a priest who heard every word. There is a qualitative
difference between the two ways.
By myself, I am repentant about "my sins." It's general and less precise. However, when I confess my sins in the presence of the priest, it is
specific. Moreover, there is a sense of dread followed by a wave of mercy crashing upon my soul...
My suggestion is that Christ instituted the sacrament of Penance because He passionately desires for us to experience His Divine Mercy in a tangible
way. Forgiveness requires a human experience - not just words.
It would be more difficult for a woman to feel healing in her bedroom as she confesses an abortion from 25 years ago. However, in the presence of a
fellow sinner (the priest), she hears words of comfort and then an audible and divinely ratified proclamation that her sins are officially forgiven
and cast into the sea...