Blog Template Theology of the Body: "In the confessional we are made young again."

Friday, January 19, 2007

"In the confessional we are made young again."

"There is perhaps no other time that the priest feels so deeply the sense of that fatherhood which gives him his title. A child of God speaks the words, “Bless me, father, for I have sinned…” and in the quiet of the confessional the power of Christ is stirred for the renewal of the soul. That which was broken is healed. What was so heavy at the time of coming is lifted. It is its own magnum mysterium as new birth is once more imparted to the penitent. The divine hears through the human ear. The fruits of Calvary are applied, and the waters of baptism flow once again over the sullied soul. In the confessional we are made young again. As a child is brought to the font, so the soul is presented to our Lord for Him to do His work. And when it is done, those happy words: “Go in peace, for the Lord has taken away your sins.”

HT: The excellent Cosmos-Liturgy-Sex blog, which quotes from Atonement Online, the diary of the rector at the RC Anglican Use parish of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas.

Read Fr. Christopher's blog; it is so beautiful.