Question of the Day for Friday, February 15, 2013
Absolution of sins
Q. I have often wondered about the process of the forgiveness of sins in confession. Confessions are so short and brief. In a flash the priest absolves you from sins. Can it really be that simple? It seems like magic to me — especially the absolution.
—A. Garcia, San Jose, Calif.
A. Here’s a reply from OSV columnist Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:
Confession is generally the sacrament that takes the least amount of time. It should never, of course, be rushed. However, the preparation for confession and the follow-up demand considerable time, and they should be regarded as part of the sacrament.
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