And so it begins with the Black Friday shopping. Now, the rush of the holidays is upon us and sometimes, in the rush to prepare, we can forget what this season is about. No, this isn't Hallmark with its gentle prodding to remember the gift of giving. This season, from now until the 24th is about preparing ourselves.
Life is rough sometimes. Sometimes, this is no more apparent than at Christmas. Sometimes, we do wrong and don't live as we should. God knows this and seeks to forgive us and shower His blessings upon us, which is why there is no better time to seek his forgiveness in confession than now. Confession is not meant to make us cower in fear, keep us from doing 'fun things' or to remind us of our unworthiness. Rather, it is a time to come before God and ask Him to take away the obstacles that we place between us and Him. It's a time for us to ask Him to lend us His strength, show us His light and to help us to be who He has called us to be. When we come to God in the confessional, we are receiving His love and forgiveness and guidance in order to relieve ourselves from the fetters of sin.
So many say that sin does not exist and instead perpetuate the idea of "Catholic Guilt". However, perhaps they misunderstand the concept of sin. Sin is an absence of good. Nothing truly without good exists but in sin, we find a further decline from the highest good. When one sins, one chooses an absence. To quote one of my professors "Sin is the hole in your sock". God is the highest good. We come to know Him from the good and choosing it. When we choose sin, we choose an increasing rate of absence. Confession helps to eliminate that distance and bring us closer to God once more and what better season to come closer to He who loves us most than the season right before His birth?