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Pope: confession is encountering God’s forgiveness- sincere heart/child’s transparency


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Date:
10/25/2013

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ABSTRACTVATICAN Pope: confession is encountering God’s forgiveness with a sincere heart and "a child’s transparency" Asia News » 10/25/2013 12:44 VATICAN Pope: confession is encountering God’s forgiveness with a sincere heart and "a child’s transparency" Pragmatism, honesty and also a sincere ability to be ashamed of ones mistakes. "If being a sinner is a word, a phrase, a saying, then we do not need God's forgiveness. But if it is a reality that makes us slaves, we need this inner liberation of the Lord, that power". Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - Confession "is not a session with a psychiatrist" and neither is it "a torture chamber", but an encounter with God's forgiveness with a sincere heart and "a child's transparency". The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, in which the Apostle before the community in publicly admits "good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh", inspired Pope Francis today to dedicate his homily at Mass in Casa Santa Marta to the sacrament of reconciliation. Vatican Radio reports the Pope pointed out that St. Paul "claims to be a "slave" who does not do the good he wants, but the evil he does not want. The Pope observed that this also happens in our life of faith, that "when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand".  "And this is the struggle of Christians. It is our everyday struggle. And we do not always have the courage to speak as Paul speaks of this struggle. We always look for a justification: ' But yes, we are all sinners '. We all say this, right? We must say this forcefully: the battle is ours. And if we do not recognize this , we can never have forgiveness of God, because if being a sinner is reduced to being just a word, a phrase, a saying, then we do not need God's forgiveness. But if it is a reality that makes us slaves, we need this inner liberation of the Lord, we need that power. But what's more important is that to find the way out, Paul confesses his sin to the community, his tendency to sin. He does not hides it". The humble confession of one's sins is what "the Church asks all of us", says the Pope, who also cites the invitation of St. James: "Confess your sins amongst you". But "do not advertise them" rather do so "to give glory to God," and recognize that it is "He who saves me".  That's why goi.......