The young man I was talking to was visibly disturbed by his internal struggles. He was active in the ministry, was loved and respected and held positions of responsibility as well. Unfortunately he found himself in a predicament of having behaved improperly with one of his colleagues in the ministry.

The gravity of the incident or its legal implication was insignificant and could be trivialised as youthful mischief, but it troubled him enormously. He felt terrible about it and wanted to relinquish his responsibilities, considering himself unworthy. I felt very sorry for him. It was like he fell into a burning fire and was burning from inside too. He was punishing himself for his youthful lapse.

Based on the suggestion, he went for a confession. When I met him next, he was the picture of composure. The sincere sacrament of reconciliation brought him miraculous healing and he was able to continue in the ministry with much fervour.

The great king of the Old Testament, David’s story is an example for anyone who has committed a serious mistake in life. His sincere confession and willingness to correct are exemplars for us. Psalm 51 clearly manifests the mental agony and the final consolation he experienced from the Lord.

Many of us may have several healing, consoling confession experiences to share. The kind of peace, relief and satisfaction which we experience after a sincere confession is unique, a privilege of Catholics. For this reason alone Catholics can be considered as a group of people, specially blessed.

Through this issue of Kairos Global we would like to encourage all our readers to benefit more from the sacrament of reconciliation so that our Christian life can be lived in an enriched and meaningful manner.


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