.- Because God âresponds right away with generous forgivenessâ¦ for the faithful who repent and are forgiven, despite lifeâs trials, a new horizon of safety, faith and peaceâ is opened up, said the Holy Father at this morningâs weekly general audience in St. Peterâs Square.
His expounded on Psalm 31, entitled âThanksgiving for the forgiveness of sins,âin which we find the âpersonal testimony of a convertâ who has committed âserious sins and does not have the courage to confess his sins to God. It is a terrible interior torment, described with strong images. â¦ The convert feels the weight of the hand of God on him, conscious that God is not indifferent to the evil perpetrated by man, because He is the guardian of justice and truth.â
âUnable to go on in this way, the sinner decides to confess his sins with a courageous declaration which seems to foreshadow that of the prodigal son in Jesusâ parable,â said the Pope.
The Lord âpromises to help the converted sinner,â said the Holy Father. âIt is not enough to be purified; we must walk on the just path. â¦ True justice entails conversion, leaving vice and its dark power of attraction behind. But above all it leads to the enjoyment of that peace which comes from being freed and forgiven.â
âWe can apply this psalm,â he concluded, âto the sacrament of confession. In reconciliation, one experiences the recognition of sin, often suppressed in our times, and at the same time, the joy of being forgiven. The strict logic of âsin-punishmentâ has been replaced by the joyful reality of âsin-forgivenessâ because the Lord is a God who forgives faults, offences and sin.â