Mention "confession" and people's minds immediately conjure up the Roman Catholic image of the confessional, where a priest hears and absolves the sins of his parishioners. However, the Spiritual Discipline of Confession is so much more than a religious duty done in a church with a priest. We read in James chapter 5:16 “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” Unloading the burdens of our sins was something practiced by the early church amongst its members to bring healing and fullness of life. Richard Foster writes: “In confession we let trusted others know our deepest weaknesses and failures.” This surely makes "Confession" one of the most difficult disciplines since it asks us to "come clean" about who we really are. But the results of confession are many: humility, authenticity, and most of all, forgiveness. This week we examine the sixth discipline in our series, the discipline of confession.
Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.