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English bishop urges faithful to rediscover Confession during Jubilee Year

February 12, 2016

An English bishop challenges his people to take advantage of the sacrament of Confession, particularly during Lent of the Jubilee Year.

In a pastoral letter that is to be read in all churches of his diocese this Sunday, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth asks: "When did you last go to Confession?" He explains that his intent is not to make people feel guilty, but to inspire "a renewal of this breathtaking sacrament."

"How on earth can we be sure to experience personally, one-to-one, the mercy of God, without at some point-- and I would say regularly, even once a month-- celebrating this sacrament," the bishop asks.

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  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Feb. 12, 2016 6:41 PM ET USA

    It's very easy to stop going to confession. Before long life without it becomes the norm. Converts even wonder what they should confess. After all, they have lived "good" lives and may even have prayed daily. They forget that by God's standards our righteousness is "no more than dirty rags". To get back on solid ground, it's best to talk with a spiritual director. Most bishops know who the good ones are. Make an appointment today. You might even say it's important.