Hello readers! This is my first post about my love of Christ, life, and those around me. This is my “Wife Life!” I am honored to be a part of Catholic Beer Club’s Blogspot and to be contributing my thoughts alongside those of my fellow bloggers! I have been reading the previous posts, and I would like to say we have some excellent writers on the blog. I am so excited to read more!
That being said, I would like to begin my blogging career writing about something very important and a constant struggle in my life. Confession. Some of us dread this word, and others find it comforting. Most of us do not like to admit our faults. I am one of those people who find the sacrament of Reconciliation to be very difficult at times. Bearing my soul to God through a priest is anything but relaxing for me. So I decided to take some time and think about why this sacrament is so important and here is what I found.
All throughout his ministry, Jesus preached about the forgiveness of sins. The parables of the prodigal son, the lost sheep, and the story of the woman at the well are all great examples of forgiveness. And of course he practiced what he preached! Jesus forgave sinners, and taught us to pray for forgiveness. You may have forgotten that we pray this each time we say the Our Father. This is a reminder that we need to recognize sin, repent and ask forgiveness from God and others.
So you may be wondering, what are the benefits of going to confession anyways? I would like to mention just a few. First and foremost, I have a confession of my own to make. I have known about CBC for a long while and agreed to blog a few weeks ago and I put this off and just liked the Facebook page on MONDAY! Phew, I’m glad I got that off my chest and I feel so much better! This is one of the benefits of going to confession. You FEEL better. At least I definitely do. Now this is just the very outside layer of all the benefits of confession. When you confess your sins, not only do you psychologically feel better, but think about the spiritual healing that takes place when we are cleansed from sin.
When we sin, we create a separation between ourselves and God. This barrier is a problem when we naturally have the desire to have a relationship with our Creator. God also wants us to be connected to him and in community with others. When we go to confession, the barrier is lifted and those sins are washed away by grace. We once again reconnect with God. This relationship gives us the strength to avoid sin and enter into eternal life with Christ. The most rewarding part of this sacrament is it draws us closer to our lord Jesus Christ!
In my own life, asking and granting forgiveness is something that is very challenging. I find asking, “will you forgive me?” to be one of the most humbling question to ask someone whom I have offended. I usually take the easy way out by simply apologizing without asking for forgiveness. Asking God and others for forgiveness is something that I would really like to get into the habit of doing. And in turn, I need to work on forgiving others as well! Paul tells us, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32).
I know that Jesus wanted his ministry of forgiveness and repentance to be continued. He passed this on to his apostles when he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” He “breathed on them” and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld” (John 20:21-23). Now as disciples of Christ we are called to do the same. So if going to confession is something that is difficult for you, I would like to challenge you to go to do an examination of conscience. Go to confession. Say you are sorry. And most importantly ask for forgiveness. Let’s make forgiveness an integral part of our lives by practicing it everyday.
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