"The Christian community is the place where the Spirit is made present. Who renews hearts in the love of God...that is why it is not enough to ask the Lord for forgiveness, in one's own mind and heart, but why instead it is necessary humbly and trustingly, to confess one's sins to a minister of the Church. ...The priest represents not only God but also the whole community. One might say, 'I confess only to God.' Yes, you can say to God, 'forgive me' and say your sins. But our sins are also committed against the brethren, and against the Church. That is why it is necessary to ask pardon of the Church...in the person of the priest. 'But Father, I am ashamed...' Shame is also good...because it makes us more humble. ...Do not be afraid to go to Confession! When one is in line to go to Confession, feels this, even shame, but when one finishes Confession, one leaves free, grand, beautiful, forgiven, candid, happy. This is the beauty of Confession! When was the last time you made your Confession? ...Two days, two weeks, two years, twenty years, forty years? ...And if much time has passed, do not lose another day. Go, the priest will be good. Jesus is there, and Jesus is more benevolent than priests, Jesus receives you, he receives you with so much love. Be courageous and go to Confession! ...I am telling you: each time we go to Confession, God embraces us. God rejoices! Let us go forward on this road."