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Confession is good for the soul, runs a Scottish proverb. But is it truly good for the soul? Would it not be best if made freely? And what confession was ever made freely?

If not pressed by outward force to confess, one is often urged to it from within. And given the unity of one’s being, perhaps confession benefits the body at least as much as it does the soul.

The Confession (2011). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

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ErikaPrice {Linky} November 2, 2011, 4:51 am

Hmmmm, interesting thoughts!

Eric Edelman November 2, 2011, 11:20 pm

Thanks for your visit and your comment!

aquariann November 2, 2011, 2:04 pm

Ha, I could never think of anything juicy to confess to the priest when growing up as a Catholic. It’s a rather bizarre practice to confess to a complete stranger, but I can see how confessing things to yourself or loved ones could lighten the soul.

Eric Edelman November 2, 2011, 11:19 pm

Thanks for visiting, Aquariann! Confession is an interesting thing, but I never found myself in sympathy with the notion that most of us are sinners & must confess it. You probably couldn’t think of anything to confess because you hadn’t done anything sinful — after all, you were only a child! (Sorry the site went down briefly; I’ve deleted the duplicate comment, no worries.)

Tomas November 3, 2011, 5:10 am

You are so right. The confession benefits the body at least as much as it does the soul. For example, while walking along the street, I am trying not to stamp on the fallen autumn leaves and feel myself much better now in spite of the fact that i am moving on much slower than prior.

Eric Edelman November 4, 2011, 9:42 pm

Thanks very much, Tomas. We and many others can testify firsthand to the physical healing power of confession.

Meryl November 3, 2011, 2:41 pm

Personally, I love confessing. Often, I think that it hurts relationships, but I just feel so much better unburdening the guilt welling up….
Nice to meet you and great post. I would follow but couldn’t find a button 🙁
I will be back.

Eric Edelman November 4, 2011, 9:12 pm

Thanks for your comment and your visit, Meryl! I’ve visited your site and found it to be very edifying, and I’ll be visiting it again very soon.

By Word of Mouth Musings November 6, 2011, 6:56 pm

My girlfriend who grew up catholic and i just had a conversation about how she made things up in confession because she felt like she should have something to say!

Eric Edelman November 6, 2011, 10:41 pm

That might qualify her for a return trip to the confessional, just to confess THAT! Thanks for your visit and your comment.

Catch My Words November 8, 2011, 11:29 pm
Eric Edelman November 10, 2011, 6:05 pm

Thanks very much, Joyce!

Dawn November 19, 2011, 11:06 am

I believe in confessing to people, I do not go to church so I do not confess in church. If we hold things in, especially if it is something major, it will only make us feel guilty and can cause us to become depressed or stressed out. It may also prevent you from keeping healthy relationships when you are holding in something major. You may be withdrawn from people.
I do not do many things that need confessing but I have in the past and it really brought me down when I was holding it in. Let it out to somebody, seriously you will feel the weight lifted!

Eric Edelman November 19, 2011, 7:38 pm

Good advice, Dawn. Thank you for your visit and your comment.

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