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Confession is a second Baptism cleansing the stains on our souls and restoring our relations with God. It is good for every Orthodox Christian to have a confessor/spiritual father, who could be the local parish priest, whom he or she goes to for confession and spiritual guidance.
Confession is not simply a matter of making a list of wrong-doings and receiving ”absolution’. The more correct Orthodox term for confession is ‘Repentance’ (Metanoia). We do not only confess what we have done wrong, we feel contrition for what we have done wrong, and we seek spiritual council in order to overcome our sins and passions. Therefore, each confession should be preceded by reflection and contrition.
How often a Christian confesses depends on the conscience of the believer, but regular confession is especially beneficial.
If you want to cure your soul, you need four things. The first is to forgive your enemies. The second is to confess thoroughly. The third is to blame yourself. The fourth is to resolve to sin no more. If we wish to be saved, we must always blame ourselves and not attribute our wrong acts to others. And God, Who is most compassionate, will forgive us.
The Great & Miraculous Power of Repentance.
Wisdom of the Fathers
Every evening the Holy Father Hesychios was feeling very tired. When the abbot asked why he was tired, he answered:
“I have got much work to do every day: I have two hawks to tame, two hares to train, one dragon to take care of, one lion with which I fight everyday, and a patient to look after”.
The Abbot wanted to know what all this meant.
The two hares are my legs. I must control them, so they won’t lead me to sin.
The two eagles are my hands. I must work with them to earn my living.
The dragon is my tongue. I have to keep it under control.
The lion is my heart. With it I must always struggle.
The patient is my body. I have to take care of it (but not out of self-love) so that my soul can remain in it.