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LETTER: Confession at home

Fr. Danny Wilson, Parish Priest for St. Anthony’s Parish in Woodstock says he is planning on hearing drive-thru confessions this Saturday. Confessants do not even have to exit their vehicles to participate. 
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Fr. Danny Wilson, Parish Priest for St. Anthony’s Parish in Woodstock heard drive-thru confessions recently. - SaltWire Network Photo

I heard the news about the drive-thu confession during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When I searched the website, I saw that many Catholic churches are offering this service.  

As you already know, the World Health Organization has asked that we all stay home.

So I decided I would take a look at the Holy Bible and see what it had to say about "confession".

The first verse I read was 1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God and there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.”

Reading this I discovered I could stay home and confess my sins to Jesus, not to a man, and right from my own home, how appropriate especially during the coronavirus outbreak worldwide. 

Then I noticed another verse ... (1 John 1:9) "If we confess our sins to him, (Jesus) he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness or wickedness.” NLT. 
What I discovered is that I can make my confession to Jesus right from the comfort of my home, (Romans 10:9-10) "If we confess that Jesus-is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved, for it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by confession to Jesus that we are saved.”

David said in (Psalms 32:5) I confessed my sins to you (God)  and you forgave all my sins. (1John.2:1) "My dear children, I write to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody sin, we have an advocate (supporter, go between) with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous one.” (Daniel 9:4) "I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed ... ”

Friends, this is good news that we can stay in our homes and confess our sins to Jesus all at the same time not taking a chance going out and possibly spreading this terrible virus. This surely is good news!


Dave London, 
Murray River

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