In this second edition of her profound work on the sacrament of Confession, which theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar calls "one of her most central works", the mystic von Speyr discusses the moral and practical aspects of the sacrament in great depth. Some of the many areas covered include conversion, scruples, contrition, spiritual direction, laxity, frequency of confession, the confessions of religious and lay people, even the confessions of saints. This is one of the most complete spiritual treatises ever written on confession. The new element in von Speyr’s understanding of confession, fully developed in this volume, is its trinitarian and its christological basis. The Cross is the archetypal confession, and Christian sacramental confession thus is imitation of Christ in the strict sense. Confession examines the enormous fruitfulness of this dogmatic basis from many perspectives, giving a wealth of suggestions which both the theological expert and the layman will find very helpful. The quality of this work is also manifested in its dual character: speculative and profound on the one hand, practical and simple on the other. Its practical aspect, its applicability to one’s own confession, emerges from every page.
POINTS OF INTEREST
• Profound and unique insights on a major Sacrament by an acclaimed 20th century convert, spiritual writer and mystic
• Second edition with new Foreword by a popular parish priest, conference speaker and author, Fr. John Riccardo, will help bring renewed interest in this important spiritual work
• Growing interest in the writings of von Speyr from many leaders of the Church – Bishops, priests, laity, religious – will bring new attention to this beautiful work
PRAISE FOR Confession
"Few writers have impacted me like von Speyr has. I use Confession every year in RCIA to teach on this great gift that Jesus left to the Church on the day He rose from the dead. Whether you are a frequent celebrant of this Sacrament or, like I once was, have been away for many years, I pray that this book will profoundly change your life."
— Fr. John Riccardo, From the Foreword
"Von Speyr’s book on confession is one of her most central works. Indeed, all her books revolve around the act and attitude of confession, around the personal and ecclesialsacramental encounter between sinner and God, around that total openness that is the prerequisite for all blessing, mission and prayer."
— Hans Urs von Balthasar, Editor's Foreword
"The abundant harvest of graces hidden in this theological mission for our times still waits to be more fully carried into the storehouses of the Church for whom Adrienne von Speyr was sent. Now, however, a century after her birth, there are many signs to indicate that the moment of her ‘reawakening’ is at hand!"
— Jacques Servais, S.J., Director, Casa Balthasar, Rome
Adrienne von Speyr (1902-1967) was a Swiss medical doctor, convert to Catholicism, a mystic, and author of over 60 books on spirituality and theology. She collaborated closely with theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar, her confessor for 27 years, and they co-founded the Community of Saint John. Her numerous books, published by Ignatius Press, are recognized by leading theologians and writers as a major contribution to the mystical and spiritual writings of the Church. Among her most important works are Book of All Saints, Confession, The World of Prayer, Handmaid of the Lord, and The Passion from Within