The Benefits of Regular Confession (Part 2)
The sixth benefit of regular confession reminds us of the most important advice given by the Greek philosopher Socrates to those who seek human excellence or perfection: “Know thyself.” We grow in self-knowledge through the examination of conscience that necessarily precedes confession. We come to know ourselves better, recognize our weaknesses without rationalizing them. We are moved to make an act of contrition for our sins and shortcomings. Because we are examining ourselves in front of our Father God, who is so good and deserving of all our love, we are moved to a sorrow of love, the most important act in going to confession. This sorrow leads to a resolution not to fall into the same sins again. This resolution is very compatible with the awareness that, because of our human weaknesses, we may fall again. God, however, is very understanding and is willing to forgive us as long as we are sincere in wanting to amend our lives. Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, God is willing to give us a second chance and as many chances (seventy times seven, which means unlimited number of times) as long as we come back repentant.