What is the Sacrament of Confession? Confession is one of the most beautiful aspects of Catholicism. Unfortunately, this sacrament is one of the least understood and least utilized in the Catholic Church. Christ, through His love and everlasting mercy, has established this gift, so we sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins.
The soul is something that is not seen, yet so powerful. I believe it is a good thing we cannot see our souls because it will most likely look like a smoker’s lung or an alcoholic’s liver. A smoker quitting and an alcoholic quitting can obviously improve both the lungs and the liver respectively. God, through His instrument, the priest, and through the Sacrament of Confession, is the only cleanser the soul can depend on. Minor or venial sins can be confessed directly to God or through receiving the Eucharist; however, for grave or mortal sins, which crush the spiritual life out of the soul, require different means for obtaining forgiveness; the sacrament popularly known as confession, or reconciliation.
As quoted by St. Thomas Aquinas, “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.” The clothes we wear and the plates we eat off of aren’t the only things that need cleaning. It’s unfortunate how sudden we all react when we get a stain on our clothes, but ignore the slap on the face we give God every time we sin. The sacraments are here to help, aid, and guide us. The Church and her teachings are here to give us the path to eternal happiness. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).