What happens in the confessional is a work of grace for both the penitent and the priest. Humility and truth collaborate in the souls of both the one telling his sins and the priest listening, who then administers God’s sacramental forgiveness. The sinner admits his faults and seeks to be cleansed by God’s grace. It’s humbling to own up to the wrong one has done – a moment of truth to tell those sins to the priest. The priest is also humbled: he is the instrument of God’s forgiveness solely by the fact of his being ordained to the priesthood.

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