33. Our reconciliation with God
In the life of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem is told this episode: There were many people waiting to confess a Holy Week and among them was the demon, the bishop asked him what he did there, and the demon replied that he was doing an act of penance.
-You, penance?, replied the Saint.
I’ll tell you, replied the demon: ¿Is not an act of penance to satisfy and restore what was removed? Then I removed from them the shame in order to sin and now I come to return it so that they do not confess.
Fear, shame, lack of sincerity..., are dangers that we need to avoid in a confession. If we are aware that Jesus Christ himself forgives the sins through the priest, we overcome in a better way those attitudes that some Christians retract them to confess.