Thursday, August 4, 2011

How Should We Confess?

How should we confess? "We should confess how we sinned and what sin we committed—that is all. It is good to write a confession ahead of time, not according to the books,[2] and read it yourself to the confessor. It will be understandable and less burdensome for the confessor, as well as easy and consoling for the penitent."

Elder Ambrose of Optina


[2]That is, not just according to the published guidelines on confession.—Ed.