Everybody loves Pope Francis. So his remarks on the Sacrament of Confession throughout his pontificate so far are nothing less than fantastic!
In his early days as Supreme Pontiff, he already did some sort of keynote on the Sacrament (though perhaps indirectly) when he said that “the Lord never tires of forgiving us, never! We are the ones who get tired of asking forgiveness.”
Fast forward 11 months and still we are getting encouragement from the Pope to go to Confession.
“Do not be afraid of Confession,” he said in an audience last month. “When I go to confession, it’s for healing: healing the soul, healing the heart because of something that I did to make it unwell.”
This reminds me of what he confided last November — that he goes to Confession every two weeks.
“Priests, too, need confession, even bishops” Pope Francis said. “We are all sinners. Even the Pope goes to confession every two weeks because the Pope, too, is a sinner… My confessor hears what I say, offers me advice and forgives me. We all need this.”
It was, for me, a grand manifestation of how crucial the Sacrament of Confession is, such that even the Vicar of Christ himself needs it!
Are we greater than popes?