In February 2014, Pope Francis addressed a crowd at St. Peter’s Square. He said “The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a Sacrament of healing. When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul, to heal my heart and to be healed of some wrongdoing.”

He later added “I cannot say: I forgive my sins. Forgiveness is asked for, is asked of another, and in Confession we ask for forgiveness from Jesus. Forgiveness is not the fruit of our own efforts but rather a gift, it is a gift of the Holy Spirit who fills us with the wellspring of mercy and of grace that flows unceasingly from the open heart of the Crucified and Risen Christ. Secondly, it reminds us that we can truly be at peace only if we allow ourselves to be reconciled, in the Lord Jesus, with the Father and with the brethren. And we have all felt this in our hearts, when we have gone to confession with a soul weighed down and with a little sadness; and when we receive Jesus’ forgiveness we feel at peace, with that peace of soul which is so beautiful, and which only Jesus can give, only Him.”

In that same speech, Pope Francis gave the crowd more encouraging words. Those words might help us tear down the walls we’ve built and go to confession. The pontiff said “Everyone count, everyone say ‘when was the last time I went to confession?’ And if much time has passed, do not lose another day. Go; the priest will be good. Jesus is there, and Jesus is more benevolent than priests, Jesus receives you; he receives you with so much love. Be courageous and go to Confession!”

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