“Do you have anything else to confess?” Said Padre Pio.
Back - Forth
This back and forth continued twice more.
“Go away! Go away! Because you are not reformed of your sins!”
“Keep silent, gossiper, you have spoken enough!”
St - Padre - Pio - People - Sin
St. Padre Pio was famous for knowing when people held back a sin in confession. And, while you may have never intentionally done that, St. Francis advises that you “be on guard against a number of sins that frequently live and rule undetected in your conscience.”
The purpose of this article is to remind you of how powerful a good confession can be and to let St. Francis show you some “undetected” sins.
We will proceed as follows:
You may be thinking, “I’ve been going to confession regularly for X number of years. Are you saying that I’ve been doing it wrong?”
Reminders - Reasons
Not wrong, no. But, we all need reminders for two reasons:
You may not have been seriously resolved not to commit the sins that you confessed. Being “seriously resolved” is called a purpose of amendment. Without a true purpose of amendment, your confessions will not be very efficacious and may not even be valid. St. Francis writes, “Many who confess their venial sins out of custom and concern for order but without thought of amendment remain burdened with them for their whole life and thus lose many spiritual benefits.”
There may be sins that you’re forgetting or not taking seriously enough.
This is not a cause for scrupulosity about your past confessions. You were doing your best given what you knew. Let Padre Pio’s words calm your mind, “If we put into [our confession] all our good will and we have the intention to confess everything — all that we can know or remember — the mercy of God is so great that He will include and erase even what we...
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