The confessional is not a “laundromat” Blessed shame

Posted on May 3, 2013

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2013-04-29 L’Osservatore Romano

The confessional is not a “laundromat” that removes sins. It is not “a torture session” where beatings are inflicted. Confession is indeed a meeting with Jesus when we can feel his tenderness. We must approach the sacrament without tricks or half-truths, but with mildness and cheerfulness, trusting and armed with “blessed shame”, the “virtue of humility” which allows us to recognize ourselves as sinners. Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Mass in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae on Monday morning, 29 April, to reconciliation.

Among those con-celebrating was Cardinal Domenico Calcagno, President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA), with the Secretary, Mons. Luigi Mistò; Archbishop Francesco Gioia, President of Peregrinatio ad Petri Sedem; Archbishop Anthony Obinna of Owerri, Nigeria; and the Procurator General of the Verbites, Fr Gianfranco Girardi. Bishop Eduardo Horacio García, Auxiliary and Pro-Vicar of Buenos Aires, also con-celebrated. Among those present were the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master who work in the Vatican and a group of employees of APSA.

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