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Vatican issues new document on confession and spiritual direction


Benedict XVI has decided to relaunch confessions and spiritual direction. He will do this through a very expressive gesture: this summer he will sit in a confessional during World Youth Day in Madrid. A handful of young people will make their confessions with the pope. The Vatican also just published the document “The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy – An Aid for Confessors and Spiritual Directors.” It’s a manual on how to be good confessors. [more]

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  1. Delores says:

    Confession is a must and immensely helpful to anyone wanting to be close to our Lord, and I’m sure Spiritual Direction would be wonderful also. I work in a church office and know how busy our priests are and I feel guilty asking them to give me spiritual direction.

  2. Jim says:

    The sacrament of Confession is indispensible for growth in the spiritual life. We all need it desperately. Christ awaits us in the confessional, craving to shower his love, forgiveness and divine mercy upon each of us poor beggars through the power he delegated to His Church through His priests to absolve sins (John 20:23).

    Early 20th century apologist G.K. Chesterton put it very directly when asked why he became Catholic: “To get my sins forgiven.” As Catholics, we are assured beyond any doubt that this occurs when we encounter Jesus Christ upon receiving this most holy and grace-filled sacrament. To prefer to avoid such goodness, sublime consolation and spiritual direction from our Lord through His priests is unfathomable.

  3. Tony says:

    When I was a kid I used to think that almost everything was mortal sin, but now that I am a man, I have put aside the things of a child, and realize that to commit a mortal sin we need a serious matter, sufficient reflection and full consent of the will.
    Being a complex person with various psycological and emmotional influences on me it is not always easy to identify every act a mortal sin. If a mortal sin is a turning away from God, I doubt I have ever been guilty of a mortal sin and therefore not in need of confession.
    Confession once or twice a year is good for me so that I don’t go down the slipery slope to a life of really turning away from God, but no more than once or twice a year.


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