Our human mind often protects us from focusing on negative events and experiences that have occurred in our past. When we have committed acts that have hurt others, or when others have hurt us, the passing of time allows the mind to dull, if not remove, these experiences from our memories.
In much the same way, our past unconfessed grave sins committed since our baptism may also become buried in our minds. Maybe in our past we intentionally missed Mass on a Sunday or a holy day of obligation, knowing the Church’s teaching that missing Mass is a mortal sin. Perhaps we had lived with a person to whom we were not married or had sexual encounters outside of the covenant of marriage, again acting with the knowledge of the teachings of the Church. Since these grave sins and other sins we may have committed happened long ago, we may feel the passage of time removes them from the obligation of sacramental confession.
We are Catholic. The Church teaches that it is necessary for the salvation of our souls to confess and be absolved of all mortal sins we have committed in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. If you have committed mortal sins in your past, seek spiritual healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our souls are in need of the sanctifying grace received through sacramental absolution, because our unabsolved mortal sins do not have an expiration date.
Ponder: What sinful actions do we justify because they have been normalized in our culture?
Reflect: Rev. 21:27
Pray: My Lord and my God, I am so sorry for ever having offended thee.
This post was written by Suzy Kelly