Ten Short Meditations for Making a Good Confession Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
Updated: May 12, 2022
One of the greatest blessings and gifts that flows out of the loving and pierced Sacred Heart of Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is His mercy expressed most deeply through the Sacrament of Confession, also called Sacrament of Pardon, Reconciliation, Penance as well as Sacrament of God’s Mercy.
Words that produce inexplicable peace, joy, consolation and hope are the words that the Catholic priest expresses in the words of absolution at the end of the Sacrament of Mercy: “And I absolve you of your sins: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. My son, your sins are forgiven; go in peace!” The interior knowledge that all of my sins have been totally and completely erased, obliterated, wiped out and forgiven by the Blood that Jesus shed for me on Calvary produces a joy and peace that goes beyond the ability that human words can express!
The two most important and sublime gestures that a Catholic can do on earth are the following: to receive with faith, devotion and burning love the Sacrament of the most Holy Eucharist— the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ; then the second is to confess one’s sins to the priest (who represents Jesus the Healer and Friend) and receive sacramental absolution and forgiveness of sins. This being the case, we should strive with all of the energy and fiber of our being to improve our interior disposition to receive these sacraments better every time we do receive them. In a word, each reception of both of these sacraments should be better and more fervent then the prior reception! That should be our ideal and constant goal! May God assist us!
Therefore, this brief article is on the Sacrament of God’s mercy with the goal of enhancing within us a greater appreciation for this great Sacrament which flows from the loving Heart of Jesus pierced with the lance from which flowed His Precious Blood and Water that first Good Friday. (Jn. 19:34)
Therefore, this article expresses an original perspective and dimension in this sense that it is totally and purely Biblical. Actually ten Biblical passages will be cited manifesting ten different fruits, effects, blessings, and the overall spiritual reality of this great Sacrament of the mercy and love of Jesus the Redeemer.