What is meant by a confessional room?
Confession - the sacrament of reconciliation
Different terms are used for the sacrament of the forgiveness of sins and reconciliation with God: confession, sacrament of penance, sacrament of reconciliation. What is meant by different accentuation is the same thing. “Confession” accentuates the confession of sins, “repentance” the topic of reparation and the assumption of responsibility, “reconciliation” the conviction that God also takes care of sinners and puts them in order and forgives them.
Confession and penance sound uncomfortable at first, as people have to admit their own sins and take responsibility for their guilt. The sacrament of penance, however, is precisely the sign that God does not withdraw from people who have become guilty, but rather offers his forgiveness.
Through this forgiveness, which the confessor receives from God himself through the priest, the individual is reconciled with God, but also with his fellow men, with the Church and with all of creation; d. H. He is promised and made tangible that God has removed his sin and guilt. The situation of baptism is restored. In this way, the childship of God of every baptized person is renewed and strengthened in confession.
However, anyone who goes to confession regularly knows: Confession heals and liberates. Those who repent of their guilt and bring them up to God in the confessional room are promised forgiveness, and their hearts get hurt. With no other sacrament is my whole life, my searching and struggling so much discussed as with this sacrament. Where it is done in an open and understanding manner, healing and growth can occur.
In addition, the priest speaks the liberating words in the power of God: “God, the merciful Father, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit to forgive sins. May he give you forgiveness and peace through the service of the Church. So I absolve you of your sins in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen."
The priest is subject to the so-called "confessional secret" and is therefore obliged to maintain absolute silence.
“We want to help ensure that the sacrament of Reconciliation finds its central place in the Christian life of our parish.” This is an important concern for Pope Francis in his apostolic letter “Misericordia et misera” at the end of the Year of Mercy. Since the beginning of 2019 I have been offering regular confessional opportunities in our pastoral care unit. In addition to the possibility of confession before the solemn festivals, there will be the possibility of confession every month in a congregation before the evening mass. The dates will be announced in the newsletter. An individual appointment is also possible at any time by verbal or telephone agreement.
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