Confession...another hot button issue that a lot of people simply don't understand. "Why can't I just confess my sins to God?" Or "why do I have to tell my sins to an old priest?" Confession is a gift God has graciously given us yet most of us, even amongst Catholics, don't fully understand or embrace. Confession is for healing. Confession restores our place with God. Confession saves our souls.
Growing up Protestant, I (James), frequently asked what the point of confessing to a priest when God was simply always right there, ready to hear how sorry I was. It wasn't until I became Catholic that many sins I struggled with throughout my life were healed from this precious gift.
Continue to listen to part one to hear why confession was instituted by Jesus Christ, why he gave the power to forgive sins to the Apostles, and why we should make this a frequent part of our lives.
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Resources to explore:
1. The Fathers Know Best by Jimmy Akin --> great book to hear what the early Church Fathers said about confession
2. Catholic Christianity by Peter Kreeft --> think Catechism of the Catholic Church in a more condense format
3. Catechism of the Catholic Church --> might as well go straight to the source of Catholic belief and read about Confession!
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