Katrina Fernandez hit one out of the park today with her advice column. She was asked by a reader if confessing the same sins every month makes that person a “Catholic failure.” Katrina’s response was just what we needed:
You think going to confession every month shows your lack of control over a certain sinful behavior. Instead think of it as acknowledging that you need to depend on God’s forgiveness and grace to prevent that repeated sin from taking total control over you. Confession is our monthly reminder that without God and His infinite forgiveness we’d be nothing. You think this particular sin you’re battling is hard to keep in check now, well imagine how much more that sin would overrun your life if you didn’t confess it regularly because you were afraid of what your priest thought of you? I guarantee you that your confessor isn’t thinking you are weak because you come to confession every month. If anything he probably just thinks you’re a normal human being trying extraordinarily hard to live their faith.
It could perhaps seem like a failure to confess a sin and then commit the very same sin you just atoned for, but this is what it’s like to be human. Isn’t the fact that we keep returning to confession a victory in itself? What do you think?