Ancient Practice: Confession (2)

The Mystery of Confession is important because on it constitutes the cure of spiritual illness. Since the true Christian life is transformation in Christ, with the emptying-out of the corrupt and diseased fallen self, rendering up our own lives, so that Christ can dwell within us, it must begin with the death of the ego. We humble ourselves before the priest, when we confess our sins, for it is not just that Christ hears us. Christ hears us because of our act of humility in baring our souls in front of another person. Thus, Scripture establishes confession, recounts Christ’s gift of authority to the Apostles and their successors to bestow forgiveness to penitents, and exhorts us to confess even to one another (James 5:16), since through one another we achieve humility and, mystically, this joins us to Christ.