After my last Confession, the words “Relationship Restored!” popped into my head, coupled with a deep sense of peace. Truly though, isn’t that what mercy does? It restores our most treasured friendship with God.
Increasingly, I notice more keenly how patterns of sin negatively affect my relationship with God, and how vital the Sacrament of Confession is to restoring that relationship time and time again, and giving me the grace to continue fighting against temptations and diminishing sin in my life.
Sin noticeably pulls me away from God. The relationship doesn’t feel the same. If I go too long without Confession, it feels broken until I ask for forgiveness and make amends. It’s harder to feel His presence. I get distracted more in prayer. Time with God doesn’t feel as peaceful. I find ways to justify sin and avoid the confessional. These have all become cues for when it’s time to ask for mercy through the Sacrament of Confession.
Confession is one of the most beautiful, grace-filled Sacraments that brings restoration to our lives and relationships with the Lord. It always amazes me how merciful and gentle the priests are, and the sense of relief experienced afterwards.
In this year of Mercy, experience the power of your relationship with God - restored.