Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"On Concealing Sins in Confession"

The Sacrament of Confession

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

"After we have offended God, the Devil labours to keep the mouth closed, and to prevent us from confessing our guilt.  St. Antonine relates, that a holy solitary once saw the Devil standing beside a certain person who wished to go to confession.  The solitary asked the fiend what he was doing there.  The enemy said in reply: "I now restore to these penitents what I before took away from them; I took away from them shame while they were committing sin; I now restore it, that they may have a horror of confession."

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us.

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