Capsule for the Day
Coldness of Sin, Warmth of Grace
I love going to Confession. I find confessing my sins truly a healthy way to live. It frees me from the heaviness of sin. I have learned a lot from my confessor. He always begins the Sacrament with these words "may the Lord who enlightens all, help you to know your sins and trust in His mercy". Recently, I started using and reflecting on this prayer.
One of the things that came out of my reflection is God doesn't just forgive me. He expects me to trust in His forgiveness. It is all very good to say there is no sin beyond God's forgiveness, but can I accept His forgiveness? Can I allow myself to be forgiven by God? These questions led me to realise the coldness of sin. Sin is dead cold.
Sin freezes and numbs us. It doesn't allow us to feel the warmth of Grace. Grace is warm. It is like the sun. When we are in Grace, we are alive. We are enlightened. We grow. St. Paul was right, "where sin abounds, Grace abounds even more" - the coldness of sin, the warmth of Grace. Thus, by confessing our sins, we accept the warmth of Grace.
Fr. Francis Afu