One of the toughest things for men to do is go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) especially if they haven’t been in years. It is hard for us as men to go before another man and confess our sins. So many thoughts go through our head when we think about confession like, “the priest is going to yell at me when he hears what I’ve done” or, “there is no way he will forgive me for my sins.” Believe me, there is nothing that you can confess to a priest that he hasn’t heard before or that will shock him. In regards to the second comment, the person who says that is absolutely correct. The priest himself can’t forgive or absolve the person of their sins, however, when he gives absolution, it is the priest acting “In Persona Cristi,” in the Person of Christ that gives absolution and forgiveness. So you are not confessing to a man. Jesus granted the apostles permission to forgive sins. The priests are following in the footsteps of the apostles. John 20:21,23 As the Father has sent me, even so I send you. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
CCC 1422 “Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.” We must humble ourselves before Our Lord and place our fears aside and go to confession on a regular schedule. When you get dirty and stinky, you take a shower right? Confession is the way that we clean our dirty and stinky soul. Let go of your pride and seek the healing that is needed to repair your soul.
Whether you realize it or not, we are in a spiritual battle and the enemy is doing everything in his power to take us with him. He and his demons are launching a full assault on us daily with grenades of pornography and lust, bullets of anger, hate, envy and wrath, and booby traps of drugs, alcohol, food, money and other vices. The only way to win is to know your enemy and be prepared. One of the best ways to prepare yourselves is through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.
The time for healing is now. Always remember this, while you are out there fighting the good fight, you will get injured (fall to temptation) and will need to get medical attention to get patched up (confession). Once you get the medical attention you need, get back in the fight! We’ve read the book and heard the stories so we already know who wins in the end. The question is, what side will you be on? God bless.