Confession: 2nd Edition
Ignatius Press, 22 mars 2017 - 296 pages
In this second edition of her profound book on confession, which theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar calls "one of her most central works", Adrienne von Speyr discusses the moral and practical aspects of this sacrament in great depth. The most complete spiritual treatise on confession ever written, the book covers conversion, scruples, contrition, spiritual direction, laxity, frequency of confession, confessions of religious and lay people, and even confessions of saints.
The most intriguing element in von Speyr's understanding of confession, fully developed in this volume, is its trinitarian and christological basis. The Cross is the archetypal confession, and Christian sacramental confession is thus an imitation of Christ in the strict sense. Confession examines the enormous fruitfulness of this dogmatic basis from many perspectives, giving a wealth of suggestions that both the theological expert and the layman will find very helpful. Its practical applicability to one's own confession emerges from every page.
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FOREWORD by Father John Riccardo
CONFESSION IN THE LIFE
THE CONFESSION ON THE CROSS
THE FOUNDING OF CONFESSION
THE CHURCH AND CONFESSION
TYPES OF CONFESSION
THE ACT OF CONFESSION
LIVING FROM THE GRACE
THE OFFICE OF CONFESSOR
THE CONFESSION OF THE SAINTS