Apple to Apple

13 02 2011

You just have to love this one – an iPhone app for confession!

“Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the perfect aid for every penitent. With a personalized examination of conscience for each user, password protected profiles, and a step-by-step guide to the sacrament, this app invites Catholics to prayerfully prepare for and participate in the Rite of Penance. Individuals who have been away from the sacrament for some time will find Confession: A Roman Catholic App to be a useful and inviting tool.”  (Oh, and it costs $1.99)

Features include –

  • Custom examination of Conscience based upon age, sex, and vocation (single, married, priest, or religious)
  • Multiple user support with password protected accounts
  • Ability to add sins not listed in standard examination of conscience
  • Confession walkthrough including time of last confession in days, weeks, months, and years

Sorry, I can’t bear any more.

The juxtaposition with my reading for today (Psalm 51) is stark.

David has been confronted with his sins – adultery and murder – and pours out his heart to God in confession and repentance.  And notice, David identifies the heart of his problem – he has sinned against God.  Yes, the sin was manifested against Bathsheba and Uriah, but it is his relationship with God that has been compromised and needs to be retored –

“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
   and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
   or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
   and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

It’s always that way. 

And the answer to sin is not to keep track of it on your iPhone; God has a more radical approach.  Fast forward to read from the prophet Micah in The Message –

“Where is the god who can compare with you—
   wiping the slate clean of guilt,
Turning a blind eye, a deaf ear,
   to the past sins of your purged and precious people?
You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry long,
   for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most.
And compassion is on its way to us.
   You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing.
You’ll sink our sins
   to the bottom of the ocean.”

That’s the God that David knew; that’s the God I want to know.

“God, make a fresh start in me,
      shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.”

Psalm 51:10

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