Like many Catholics, I approach the confessional with about the same degree of enthusiasm as I generally muster for the dentist's chair. In "Lord, Have Mercy," Scott Hahn writes about the sacrament in a warmly personal yet theologically rich way that's sure to have many of us running for the nearest confessor.
After a vivid opening story, Hahn introduces an in-depth discussion of God as our loving Father, who always offers us, through the sacrament of reconciliation, the free and powerful gift of divine mercy to heal us of the effects of our sins, and to provide us with a gentle way back home. Tracing the ways in which the Church's confessional practices have developed through the ages, Hahn shows that its basic understanding of the sacrament has remained the same. He also encourages readers to begin the practice of regular confession, if they haven't already. And, in three appendices, he gives the rite of reconciliation of individuals, acts of contrition, and prayers to say before and after the sacrament. Then follows an excellent, thorough guide for the examination of conscience.
No, confession isn't easy. But let's get over it. The chance to restore our relationship with God, our eternal loving Father, is well worth a short bout of the squirms. if you're not convinced of that, read "Lord, Have Mercy".
Catholic and finding it difficult to avail yourself of the Sacrament of Confession? Using the old excuse of "I don't need a priest to confess"? Really wanting to go to confession but don't know how or where to start the process? Wondering why the Sacrament even exists? Well, look no further -- this book answers all of these questions. Scott Hahn does a fine job of asking these questions, answering them, and (what is so very useful to Catholics who are not Bible-literate) shows the Biblical basis for the Sacrament of Confession. Hahn's style of writing lends to quick, easy reading. Yet, it is so very powerful. I now use various chapters of the book in preparation for Confession.
Catholic and going to Confession regularly? Still get this book. I think it will only deepen your love for the Sacrament and for the Faith.