Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but especially from those who are the guides of our souls.
– St. Francis de Sales
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. You do the truth and come to the light.
– St. Augustine
Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity.
– St. Faustina (Divine Mercy in My Soul)
St. Ambrose says of the two conversions that, in the Church, “there are water and tears; the water of Baptism and the tears of repentance.
– St. Ambrose (CCC 1429)
In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance.
– St. Thomas Aquinas
The want of proper examination, true contrition, and a firm purpose of amendment, is the cause of bad confessions, and the ruin of souls.
– St. Benedict Joseph Labre
After confession, says St. Chrysostom, a crown is given to penitents.
– St. John Chrysostom
‘You told me, Father, that after my past life it is still possible to become another St. Augustine. I don’t doubt it, and today more than yesterday I want to try to prove it.’ But you have to cut out sin courageously from the root, as the holy Bishop of Hippo did.”
– St. Josemaria Escriva
To do penance is to bewail the evil we have done, and to do no evil to bewail.
– St. Gregory the Great
Obedience to a confessor is the most acceptable offering which we can make to God, and the most secure way of doing the divine will.
– St. Alphonsus Liguori
“Strive always to confess your sins with a deep knowledge of your own wretchedness and with clarity and purity.”
– St. John of the Cross
Confession is an act of honesty and courage – an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.
– St. John Paul II