This morning in church I was struck by the thought that, if we confessed our sins to one another as often as we confess them to God, more actual healing and reconciliation might take place.
For example, what if we said to our loved ones (instead of to God…who in any case knows our needs before we ask and our ignorance in asking, and is perfect love and forgiveness anyway)…what if we said something like:
“Sweetheart, I confess that I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed; by what I’ve done, and by what I’ve left undone. I have not loved you with my whole heart…I’m truly sorry and I humbly repent… (please) forgive me…”
After all,doesn’t St. James say, “…confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.” ? (James 5:16)