Catholics understand that we have to go to Reconciliation every so often, cos those sins they pile up! We need the Grace that comes from confessing and being granted Absolution.
In recent years I've taken this Sacrament more seriously and put more thought into it beforehand. Because I have a little anxiety about becoming tongue-tied, or because my memory isn't as sharp as it was before, I began to write down my sins and faults and struggles on a piece of paper.
I didn't realise at first how good this is! It's very private of course, and I always destroy it afterwards. Now, here's the great bit!
Instead of tearing it up and throwing it away, I often hold it under running water. Then I see my sins dissolve - go - they aren't there anymore - they don't exist!
What began as a memory aid has turned into a powerful spiritual gesture, my sins washed away in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I went to Confession today. It's good to get the soul cleared of all that accumulated clutter.
The image is from Healthycatholics.com which I came by today. if you're anxious about Reconciliation, it's a great read.
I hope it's not the sin of theft to 'take' the image, after I have been to Confession (!) but no, it's in a good cause and I'm not making money from it...