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124 The Indian Advocate.
ri ? g I j Authority and Blessedness of Confession. :j In going to confession, are we not too liable to forget that it is really not so much the man to whom our confession is made as to our Lord Jesus Christ whom the confessor repre sents, and by whose authority absolution is pronounced? queries the Sacred Heart Review. It is as if our Lord Him self sat in the tribunal and listened to our confession. The old adage, Qui facit per alium facit per Se "What one does by another he does by himself" holds good here without any qualification. The official act of a representative of the gov ernment, whether at home or abroad, binds the government to the obligation of fulfilling the contract, whatever it may be. The authority of the confessor is derived from the solemn act of our Lord Himself, when He said: "I give unto you (the apostles) the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." And again: "Whose sins you shall remit they are remitted unto them, and whose sins you shall retain they are retained." It is only in confession that sins are made known to the confessor so that he can judge whether to remit or retain them. A gen eral confession, in common with a general wholesale absolu lution, will not do. Reminding ourselves that Jesus Christ Himself sits in the confessional, should remove all timidity and sense of shame from the penitent, however great his sin, and it should operate powerfully to deter him from yielding to the temptation to conceal a sin and thereby make a sacrilegious confession. It is a very strange and a very awful thing, when you come to think of it, that any sensible person should yield to the tempta tion to conceal a sin in confession. It would seem that only a very ignorant and thoughtless person could ever think of