Thursday, March 15, 2012

"On Concealing Sins in Confession" (part 3)

Sacrament of Confession

The following is taken from a sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent by our Lenten guide, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church:

"Listen, then, to the advice of St. Ambrose: The Devil keeps an account of your sins, to charge you with them at the tribunal of Jesus Christ.  Do you wish, says the saint, to prevent this accusation?  Anticipate your accuser: accuse yourself now to a confessor, and then no accuser shall appear against you at the judgment seat of God. . .  . But according to St. Augustine, if you excuse yourself in confession, you shut up sin within your soul, and shut out pardon."

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us.

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