Confession Urge As Means Of Clearing The Slate And Freeing The Soul From Spirits (2 stories)
We feel a special need to prepare for Lent this year and therefore we must focus on Confession.
The sacrament is the natural way to enter the solemn season and this year Lent follows hard on the heels of the Lourdes Feast Day -- where Our Blessed Mother appeared as the "Immaculate Conception."
Clean. Purified. We are in a time of both personal and societal purification. Note the suffering in our midst and note that a Mass reading the very day (a Sunday) after Lourdes was from Leviticus -- where the way of handling leprosy was laid out and wherein we come to the mystical element.
"The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 'If someone has on his skin a scab or pustule or blotch which appears to be the sore of leprosy, he shall be brought to Aaron, the priest, or to one of the priests among his descendants,'" said the reading from Leviticus 13.
Then came the New Testament reading of the day -- describing how a leper came to Jesus and begged to be made clean.
Jesus had done so and does the same with us.
At this time of the year it's especially important for us to search for the leprosy -- for the "scabs" -- in our souls and ask Christ to cleanse them.
As stated in Leviticus, we go to a priest. This we call Confession. Sin wounds the spirit, causes an infection, and during Confession we renounce it, which separates us from it. It isolates the wound. It dresses it. Confession takes humility, which distances us from the enemy.
How do we tell where we need cleansing? How do we locate our dirtiness?
By simply thinking. When we let our thoughts move where they will, they often take us to the location of wounds. Note where that is, where your thoughts hover, and ask Christ to purge it. We see the "scabs" in what we think and in how we feel. We note them in our obsessions.
Is it anger? Is it lust? Is it impatience? Where do your thoughts go more than you would want them to go?
Take note of what you think and then set to work at purging that "scab" and know that the best way to start is through Confession. That cleans our slates and grants us the opportunity from that very point on to avoid such thinking.
Of course, it takes more than that. It takes avoiding repetition of what we have confessed. To do so will liberate you. It may also heal you (or protect you) physically. Did you know that in European culture the sacrament of Confession was known as the "freeing from spirits" -- and that when Christ healed He often first cast negative spirits out, as we have often repeated?
When we have a wound caused by sin or imperfection, by something unclean, the enemy has a legal right to reside there.
We have to make room for God at the same time that we take back our own turf from the devil, and few things help more than Confession.
To not love is a sin, and many sins stem from that -- habits that we usually don't classify as any big deal, but that in fact are a big deal and cause spiritual disease. Go to Confession, and confess the many times and ways you have not loved. This is very important. Confess unlove. Confess negativity. These really cause wounds, for when there is anger or jealousy or criticism, when there is hatred, when there is resentment, when we do not forgive, there is less room for the Spirit.
These shortcomings not only stifle you, but invite in spirits.
Many of our problems are caused by dark forces that have taken root a little at a time and now like weeds have planted their roots and extended their tendrils. Spirits hook into the wounds of sin. The vast majority of Catholics don't even realize when spirits are affecting them.
Get rid of them through the sacrament of the "freeing from spirits"! Purge them by getting rid of "leprosy"! Oh, that our Church would present it as such. During conversion, Confession is often the key step. The same is true of deliverance.
Clear the scabs and don't open any further wounds and feel the liberation of Jesus. The best means? Confession. Love. If you focus on love and admit your faults, your spirit will naturally distance itself from darkness.
During Lent, Confession Leads Us To The Truth, And The Truth Sets Us Free
[from Michael Brown's Secrets of the Eucharist]
It is through the radiance, the fire of Jesus, that our sins are burned away. That's why so many envision fire falling from the sky. The Lord purifies with heavenly flames that issue from His Heart. They come from the furnace of His love. Our evil is evaporated in the Presence of Christ and is especially dispelled through Confession.
Confession prepares the way for the Eucharist and breaks the bonds of Satan. In verbally admitting our faults we are declaring a humility that immediately chases away Satan.
He can not stand to be in our midst. He is the prince of pride. He cannot bear to stand in the presence of humility. He is powerless when a person is humble. He has no legal right to hold terrain.
When we confess sins we are renouncing sins, which means we are renouncing the devil. When we renounce the devil in the Name of Jesus, He has no choice but to leave. His chains are broken. His hold on our hearts and minds is lessened or expelled altogether.
During Communion, demonic infestations are often chased from our very bodies, or from around our families and friends. The stronger a Confession, the more demonic residue is cleared.
The more demons that are expelled, the more peace.
That's why I said that before receiving Communion we should pray to the Holy Spirit to reveal any hidden faults we have never acknowledged and then take these to the confessional.
A good time for such soul-searching is during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We should ask the Holy Spirit to allow us expiation of the slightest sins.
Go back to Scripture and note the many things that are listed by Paul as infractions, things we don't usually take to be of much consequence. Jealousy. Outbursts of anger. Selfishness. They're listed in Galatians with lewd conduct and sorcery (5:19¬21)!
After we recollect all past transgressions, after we pray to heal all those we have ever hurt, we must maintain vigilance against repeating them. Confession should be a monthly ritual to keep ourselves pure. As a result, Communion and Adoration become all the more potent. They take on a special radiance. They sweep to the very bottom of existence and purge faults that will otherwise cause a long purgatory.
There is nothing more enjoyable than the feeling of a spiritual cleanliness nor is there anything more important for the soul's destiny.
At least once a year, during Lent, we should prepare a special Confession and search for hidden faults that we have not previously realized. When we finally recognize that we've been doing something offensive to God -- when we confess a sin that we had previously failed to notice -- we are graced with inner peace.
That peace comes through liberation from past bondages.
Communion becomes a powerful tool of deliverance. It's like the Lord snipping a rope that had been tying up a part of us. There's a feeling of strength and cleanliness. There's liberation.
As Jesus said, "If you live according to My teaching, you are truly My disciples; then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."
originally published as secretstruthconfession.htm
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