The Mystery of Confession –
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (I Jn 1:5-10)
Our Church holds Confession as one of the Seven Main Sacraments. It is amazing, and shame, how few of us practice it. Especially during the times of the year in which the Church calls us to repentance, when we should be looking at our lives and evaluating our relationship with God. We can turn our sins from something negative to something positive. Through self-examination and repentance (metanoia- a change of heart) our sins can become something that bring us closer to God. Our sins become not an end to our relationship with God, but a new beginning.
Preparing for Confession –
We must first inspect our souls and consciences before we’re ready for the Sacrament of Confession. Our relationship with God can never be reduced to a list of mistakes. That’s why Confession isn’t simply a listing of our sins. We need to introspect and examine our deeds and imperfections. Many times our sins, the shortcomings in our spiritual life, are not necessarily something that we did wrong, but something that we failed to do right, or that we ignored all together.
Confessions are heard Monday through Friday, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM and before Divine liturgy