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Tempered Optimism and the Grace of Confession

Tempered Optimism and the Grace of Confession

Roman Catholic Books

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Fr. Alfred Wilson, perhaps the best-known English-language confessor of the mid-20th century, brought great hope to countless conscientious people who were trying to conquer faults and to understand how Confession could help them work out a better spiritual life. Among his themes in three wide-ranging and practical essays:

  • Remorse or repentance: what is required for true contrition?

     

  • What it means to make a firm purpose of amendment

     

  • The conditions for a valid confession

     

  • Reducing, but not eliminating, our sins—the surprising truth about what the Church requires

     

  • Proper formation of resolutions

     

  • The benefits of human weakness

     

  • Reasons for our failure to improve in the spiritual life

     

  • Proper motives for confession

     

  • The danger of “spiritual myopia”

     

  • “The remedy for all our failures is to love God more”

     

  • Approaching the sacrament of confession with appropriate confidence

     

  • What is required for adequate reparation for sin

     

  • Growing out of “emotional infancy”

     

  • Avoiding the “mirage of routinism"