The Sacrament of Confession
Although I am a baptized Catholic, I was not raised as one. My mom is a Catholic while my dad is a Protestant by faith. They are the type who allows us to discover faith on our own and strengthen our relationship with God using our own personal encounter and experiences. Growing up with two different framework of beliefs, and studying in a non-sectarian school, I wonder, am I remiss as a Christian in my Spiritual life?
Unlike most, I practice my faith in Christ on a personal level and I confess to Him as often as necessary and talk to Him in prayer almost like having Him by my side and whispering every thought and mistakes I do during the day. “Ooops, Lord I know you did not like my reaction when I did so and so…or Sorry, I became weak again and got defeated by stress.” Of course, I feel accountable and try as much not to hurt Him again by doing the same mistake. Yes, it sure feels good knowing you have a clean slate and not feeling guilty of anything bad I did. Knowing I am forgiven after sincerely praying and asking Him for guidance makes it even better. I mean, like every Christian, my goal is to disappoint Him less each day and be more like Him. Having said that, is what I’m doing already the act of the Sacrament of Confession? After all, a Sacrament is always a personal encounter right?
The Sacrament of Penance, commonly called Confession, is one of the seven sacraments recognized by the Catholic Church. Catholics believe that all of the sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ himself on Easter Sunday, when He first appeared to the apostles after His Resurrection. Appearing before them, He said: “Receive the Holy Spirit. For those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (John 20:22-23). With this, the Catholics believe that it is both an outward sign of an inward grace. Outward represents the absolution or our act of reaching out and asking for...
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