Most of us have difficulties going to Confession. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time putting in to words things I wish I’d never done. The harshness and ugliness of my sin appears garish in the light of the spoken word. Yet…..our Lord loves each one of us so; and when we honestly confess our sins and receive absolution, they vanish. While not perhaps a technically-Theologically-correct analogy, I often think of our Lord having an “ocean of mercy”, and the biggest sin we can commit is akin to a drop of water in the Atlantic. If we doubt this, or think that “my sin is too-big”, or keep revisiting things we’ve done and confessed from a feeling of guilt, we are unconsciously denying the power of His cross. Of His passion and Resurrection.
In these last days before Easter, when we will celebrate the Jesus’ triumph over sin and death, let us turn to Him in this sacrament. Like a good spring cleaning that leaves our homes fresh and clean, Confession is like a spring cleaning in our secret hearts. When we have a special guest coming, we find ourselves dusting, mopping, putting fresh flowers in corners of our home; in Confession we can do the same to welcome our Lord at Easter!
I recommend that you take a look at Fr. Z’s tips for making a good confession. He removes some mystique from the sacrament, and gives a healthy dose of good common sense about how to go about making a good confession.