And where there is a true spiritual life, there is a frequent need for the sacrament of confession.
Yes, confession is not only for the sinner converting for the first time to God’s ways. It is not only for the prodigal son come to his senses at last. It is also for those who have sought to follow the Lord for a long time.
It is for the elder brother striving to persevere in his father’s service without becoming bitter or jaded. It is for the worker who has labored since the first hour in the heat of the day, as well as for the one who did not begin until the 11th hour.
Mercy welcomes our entry into the spiritual life, and mercy guides our journey to the end, making the impossible possible.
Confession is one of the chosen vessels the Lord uses to pour out the oil of forgiveness and divine compassion upon our hearts. -Fr. D. May, adapted