"I was seldom able to go to Confession, although I would have wished to do so every day. I looked upon those who remained long at Confession as saints, and thought they were very different from me, who knew not how to accuse myself of my faults."
St. Margaret Mary longed for the healing that only God's forgiveness brings. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a precious resource, though sometimes misunderstood: it is not God waiting to punish us for our sins; it is God waiting to assure us of His continued love for us in spite of our sin. It is an opportunity to open and empty our hearts of all that is troubling us.
Jesus told the woman caught in adultery: "Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more." (John 8:11) He longs to say the same to us; He died to do so! God understands our struggles, and He knows that we will fall. He simply wants to be there to hold us when we do. Christ fell three times under His cross; are we better than our Master?
The next time you fall, fall at the feet of Jesus. Take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation to learn that God's love is greater than all of our sin.
St. Margaret Mary, pray for us!