Continued from yesterday...
Confession is one of the greatest and easiest of all means that God has given us to become saints.
Why did Our Lord come on earth? Why did He live with us for 33 years? Why did He suffer and die?
To save us from sin, to help us to sin no more.
Surely then, He left us some especial and all. powerful means to overcome sin and temptation. That means is Confession.
Yet many Catholics have a most erroneous idea of Confession. They look on it as something hard and distasteful; whereas, God meant it to be a Divine help to overcome our weakness, our inclinations to evil. He meant it to be an immense consolation in all our troubles and trials.
This is most certainly true for all those who take the trouble to understand it.
The writer has met many Protestants who seem to understand Confession much better than Catholics. Many Protestant men asked him to hear their confessions and were sorely disappointed when he told them that he could not do so. Several began at once to prepare to enter the Catholic Church, simply to be able to go to Confession!
One gentleman asked to be received into the Church, and when asked why, he replied: "Because I want to be able to go to Confession. We have nothing in our church that helps and consoles us as Confession consoles Catholics." And he became a staunch Catholic....
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949