‘Do not be afraid of Confession’

‘Do not be afraid of Confession’

Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Which  along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick form what he calls the “Sacraments of Healing.”

The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation flow directly from the Paschal mystery,” he told pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

“In fact, the same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting, “Peace be with you “, he breathed on them and said;  Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven.’ This indication by Jesus, the Pope stressed, shows that the forgiveness of our sins is not gained through any strength
of ourown, rather it is a gift that springs from the heart of Christ Crucified and Risen

The Holy Father said that some may feel ashamed of confessing their sins. However he noted that feeling shame is good because it humbles us. “Do not be afraid of Confession!”he exclaimed. One who is in line to confess feels all these things—even shame– but then, when he finishes confessing, he leaves free, great, beautiful, forgiven, happy. And this is the beauty of Confession.” He encouraged those who have not confessed even for forty years to receive the Sacrament as soon as possible. “Jesus is there and He receives you with so much love.