|"The Confession" by Pietro Longhi|
There has been so much chatter about the new iPhone App for Confession (which by the way is an aid to help one examine their conscience; not a replacement for confession to a priest. But I guess you knew that.) One of my Twitter friends has posted an excellent explanation of why the Sacrament of Reconciliation is vital.
...In the confessional, the priest represents both Christ the Head, and in the members of Christ’s body – the Church. When a penitent comes for confession, she recognizes her actions, words and/or deeds has caused harm to another, wounding the body of Christ; when one sins, all suffer from it, even when the sin seems hidden or is unknown to others....You can read Sister Lisa's post over at her blog nunspeak. Thank you Sister!