Jesus is waiting to forgive you—all you have to do is ask! Don’t miss out any longer on the healing power of Confession.
Importance of Confession
Fr. Thomas Dubay, in Deep Conversion Deep Prayer, writes: “There is a gap for most people between prayer and performance. At our devotions we can say sublime things about loving God with out whole heart, and then ten minutes later divide that heart with selfish overeating—or any one of a dozen other petty clingings.”
This website is meant to help you bridge that gap between prayer and performance—to help you not simply desire a growth in virtue, but actually accomplish a growth in virtue.
You’ve often heard the verse from John quoted: “the truth will set you free” (8:32). Well, this verse is very applicable here: acknowledging the truth of your sinfulness before God and recognizing your need for His grace to help you become the person He wants you to be will really, truly set you free.
The words of absolution in the Confessional are beautiful: “I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus is waiting to forgive you—all you have to do is ask! Don’t miss out any longer on the healing power of Confession.
Of course, the list of benefits of Confession goes on and on! But you have to go to reap the benefits! Going to Confession regularly will truly change your life. What’s keeping you from Reconciliation?
Stages of Spiritual Development
This is the state of beginners. In this stage it is often difficult to overcome daily temptations, and practicing the virtues can require an inner battle because of attachment to venial sin. Though the desire for perfection and progress is there, the beginner falls frequently.
This is the intermediary stage between purification and total union with God. In this stage, there is enlightenment in the ways of God and a clear understanding of his will in one’s life. There are now only occasional “slips” into sin.
This is the final stage of Christian perfection. A soul in the unitive state has a constant awareness of God’s presence and habitually conforms to God’s will. In this stage, the soul loves God and others without limit.
These three levels are not necessarily static or chronological. During our lives, we may experience tastes of each of the stages in greater or lesser degree as we grow in holiness or experience setbacks.
Now, what’s the point of all this? CONVERSION.
Conversion is a process. Everyone is called to ongoing conversion. St. Bernard once said that no matter how sinful one might have been in the past, he is stilled called to the heights of prayer—to the depths of the riches of the spiritual life.
Conversion isn’t just about avoiding sins. It is also about making improvements—growing in the virtues of humility, temperance, zeal, love, and so on. This site is meant to help you in the process of conversion. For you to grow in holiness and be a saint, you don’t need to do extraordinary things. You need only to focus on continuous conversion, the nitty-gritty practice of daily avoiding sins, growing in virtue, being fervent in prayer, and growing in intimacy with the God who loves you.
The Sacrament of Confession
The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Confession or the Sacrament of Penance, is one of the most unique and beautiful aspects of the Catholic Church. Jesus Christ, in His abundant love and mercy, established the Sacrament of Confession, so that we as sinners can obtain forgiveness for our sins and reconcile with God and the Church. The sacrament “washes us clean,” and renews us in Christ.