Saint Josemaría Daily texts

"Sacramental confession is not a human but a divine dialogue"

"Sacramental confession is not a human but a divine dialogue. It is a tribunal of divine justice and especially of mercy, with a loving judge who 'has no pleasure in the death of the wicked; I desire that the wicked turn back from his way and live.'" (Christ is Passing By, 78, 5)

``Blessed be God'' you said to yourself after having finished your sacramental confession. And you thought: it is as if I had just been born again.

You then continued calmly: ``Domine, quid me vis facere? -Lord, what would you have me do?''

And you yourself came up with the reply: ``By the help of your grace I will let nothing and no one come between me and the fulfillment of your most Holy Will: Serviam - I will serve you unconditionally.'' (The Forge, 238)

You wrote to tell me that you have at last gone to confession and that you experienced the humiliation of having to open the sewer - that is what you say - of your life to ``a man''.

When will you get rid of that feeling of vain self-esteem? You will then go to confession happy to show yourself as you are to ``that man'', who, being anointed, is another Christ - Christ himself - and gives you absolution, God's forgiveness. (Furrow, 45)

If ever you fall, my son, go quickly to confession and seek spiritual guidance. Show your wound so that it gets properly healed and all possibility of infection is removed, even if doing this hurts you as much as having an operation. (The Forge, 192)

Sincerity is indispensable if we are to achieve greater union with God.

If you have an ugly ``toad'' inside you, my son, let it out! As I have always advised you, the first thing you must mention is what you wouldn't like anybody to know. Once the ``toad'' has been let out in confession - how well one feels. (The Forge, 193)