Later this afternoon a local politician will face the public, and face the music regarding his very foolish indiscretion with taxpayer's money. Up from the original estimate of $3000 wrongly charged to the public credit card are new estimates of even as much as five times that amount. Hi resignation is expected by some, hoped by others and gleefully anticipated by still others. It's possible his political career is over.
I pray that he has made his way to confession at some point in the last few days in order to prepare for today.
When we sin against others, confessing through our priest does not make the hurt we have caused others magically go away. It does not get us out of legal trouble, or even mitigate the consequences of law. By fully confessing we come clean with God. We hear the words of absolution. We are at peace and ready to bear the judgement of man.
The inner peace of reconciliation with God allows us to understand, listen, and if necessary forgive the (over)reaction of others. It can be a long road back, and it begins within.