David Knight was forty years a priest before he learned that priests don’t hear sins in confession. “What you are really revealing is your ideals,” he says. “The real you has a different set of ideals, reflecting your heart instead of your lapses. This you abides with God.”
With these words Fr. Knight reveals that A Fresh Look at Confession is unlike anything you may have read about the sacrament. He speaks about the heart of Confession, its meaning and mystery, and why it is so necessary for authentic followers of Christ. This is deep theology, explained in clear language. But it’s also much more: Father Knight’s moving, intensely personal account of his own journey as a sinner takes readers beyond theory and into the awe-inspiring reality of our complete redemption in Jesus, who does not just forgive, but who “takes away” the sins of the world.
This powerful and needed book explores confession as a sacrament of self-identity, community, and as an encounter with God. Along the way, Father Knight explains concepts and doctrines such as mortal sin, absolution, purgatory, and the need to confess sins to a priest. Powerful reading for anyone who struggles with confession, and for all who wish to explore this mystical, healing, and life-giving sacrament.
Since his ordination in 1961, Father Knight has served around the world as a missionary, parish pastor, college professor, teacher, retreat leader and prolific author. His landmark book, His Way: An Everyday Plan for Following Jesus, is used in diocesan renewal programs throughout North America. He has written for publications including U.S. Catholic, Marian Helper, The Sign, America, and Common Sense. Currently Father Knight lives in Memphis where he runs His Way Center for Spiritual Growth.
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