‘In confession there occurs a breakthrough to the cross. The root of all sin is pride, superbia. I want to be for myself; I have a right to be myself, a right to my hatred and my desires, my life and my death. The spirit an flesh of human beings are inflamed by pride, for it is precisely in their wickedness that human beings want to be like God. Confession in the presence of another believer is the most profound kind of humiliation. it hurts, makes one feel small; it deals a terrible blow to one’s pride. To stand there before another Christian as a sinner is an almost unbearable disgrace. By confessing actual sins the old self dies a painful, humiliating death before the eyes of another Christian. Because this humiliation is so difficult, we keep thinking we can avoid confessing to one another. Our eyes are so blinded that they no longer see the promise and the glory of such humiliation.’
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (DBW5), 111.
Thanks to Halden for posting this here.
Holy Week is nearly here. I’ve yet to find a confessor out here in Arizona. It’s almost three years now since we moved. I really need to get crackin’.
I really dislike going to confession, but it’s so critically important to my spiritual life that I manage it somehow. Bonhoeffer, as he typically does, explains why.