Continued from yesterday...
The power of forgiving sins
No one but God can pardon sin. Even the highest Angel in Heaven cannot absolve from a single sin. God, by an act of infinite power and mercy, has given priests this Divine power.
St. Alphonsus says that if Our Lord Jesus Christ were to sit in one confessional and a simple priest in another, the sinners who went to the priest would be as fully pardoned as those who had confessed to Christ.
St. Augustine declares that when a priest absolves from sin he uses a power greater than the power used by God in creating the world! In proportion to this Divine Power are the benefits we receive in Confession...
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949