Anonymous. The Benefit of Private Confession and Absolution.

Some years ago I called my pastor to make an appointment for individual confession and absolution. Like many other Lutherans, I’d never done that before. You must understand that I hadn’t robbed a bank or been unfaithful to my spouse. In fact, I hadn’t sinned any more (or less) that week than usual. I simply desired to hear God’s forgiveness, life and salvation proclaimed personally and individually. I learned that individual confession is a valuable pathway, given to us by God, for our spiritual renewal. You might ask, “Why would you want to seek individual confession when the general confession is already a part of the regular church service?”


Doxology provides a safe environment for clergy to reflect on their own spiritual and emotional health and assists them to review and enhance their professional competencies and skills as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s sacred mysteries.

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