The Sacrament of Confession is a concrete and certain manifestation of God’s mercy. Whereas confession to God in prayer can leave us with feelings of peace, we aren’t always the best judge of ourselves. But Confession is a sacrament, a visible sign that accomplishes a spiritual reality.  The priest’s absolution in Confession acts as a visible and definite indication that an individual is truly forgiven.

This is such a blessing, and it is why Confession is so freeing for so many Catholics. In this sacrament, the priest’s words are jam-packed with the promise of Christ’s forgiveness: Whosoever’s sins you forgive are forgiven –Jesus in the Gospel of John (20:23).