[quote="MindNight, post:1, topic:334073"]
I have a question. I haven't been to confession in about 10 years (SHOCKING I know). :O
Does confession really heal the soul from within? I mean, let's say you, Bros. and Sis., go to confession, and come out, do you then feel a great relieve that your sins are forgiven? Do you also feel less burden to pray to god? The reason why I am asking this, is because if confession trully renews the soul (from the deepest depths) then I shall attend regular confessions as well. I would like sincere opinions of how effective confessions are, and to what extent. :) Thank you in advance! May God bless every single soul on earth!
Please do not take my example as true for you. God works differently in every individual, because He alone knows what we personally, not generically, need. Apparently in my case, what I need most is not "to feel less burdened" but to feel my sins even more acutely (after I confess them). I am "in touch" more with my offenses, my unworthiness, and my great dependency on Him for everything, but especially for mercy.
But "the reason to attend" is not the feelings (whether of relief in the case of others, or remorse in my own case), but the effects. When I attend, I am given graces to be aware of those sins (and others) and to avoid them with divine help. Practical benefits. The "feelings" do feed into the practicality, since God works within our psyches and emotions, but yes, a well-prepared-for Confession (especially accompanied by lots of prayer ahead of time) is very effective indeed.