Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes: Nine Benefits of Going to Confession Frequently

What Will Be the New American Cause? by Patrick J. Buchanan 
April 21, 2020
Providence Bishop Calls for Evangelization, Renewal After Coronavirus
April 21, 2020

Photo by Grant Whitty on Unsplash

This article is adapted from a chapter in Fr. Menezes’s latest book, Overcoming the Evil Within: The Reality of Sin and the Transforming Power of God’s Grace and Mercy. It is available from your favorite bookstore or online through Sophia Institute Press.

By Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM, Catholic Exchange, April 21, 2020

Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. …

Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPMDuring my priestly ministry, I have discerned several reasons why people hesitate to approach the Sacrament of Confession. Here are the most common:

  • Fear: Though the vast majority of priests are kind and understanding confessors, many potential penitents fear being judged or scolded.

  • Pride: Confessing sins means confronting that we’ve genuinely done wrong and need God’s help to heal. Our personal pride rebels against this.

  • Shame: Though a well-ordered guilt should impel us to the Sacrament of Confession, shame can keep us away because of the realization that we have to admit our sins to another—and speaking our sins out loud feels unbearable.  ….

    Read more here: