Continued from yesterday...
Every day we see the wonders of confession
A poor boy who is tempted to steal confesses his fault, and the priest at once shows him not only the meanness and malice of stealing, but shows him how dangerous it is to him. If he is discovered, his character is ruined for life. He is branded as a thief. That boy never steals again.
A young girl is tempted to go astray, attracted by some foolish young man. A word from the priest opens her eyes and her honor is saved.
A husband or a wife begins to be unfaithful; they confess it, and once more the confessor, with a timely warning, saves the poor family from ruin.
A servant confesses that he or she has taken the master's money. Again, a few kind words make them honest and loyal forever after.
Doctors, lawyers, judges confess negligence in their duties; the wise counsel of the priest makes them serious and upright.
How many Protestants have been surprised on receiving money from a priest - sometimes large sums - which had been stolen from them and which the priest was asked to restore.
Many Protestant families choose Catholic servants, but servants who go to Confession!
For any right-minded man, Confession represents not only a personal benefit, but a safeguard for society.
In the last Great Wars, the power of Confession was shown in a wonderful way on the battlefields. One of the great English Protestant newspapers used these words: "The Catholic soldiers, when they have their chaplains, fear neither man nor the devil."
The number of Catholic chaplains in the English army in the beginning of the First World War was 36. It was increased to 600, and this by a Protestant government!...
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949