“I am sorry.” Heard that one before? Said that sentence before? I would bet you have said that many times during your life. If you have never said that, then you are either REALLY holy or…..you need to get checked up on. On the other hand, have you said it enough? Either way for any of these questions, do you really know what you are saying? By the way, this may seem like a no-brainer, but stick with me.
To start, it needs to be understood why people say it, or really, why they should say it. People say this, is for the plain reason of trying to apologize for what they have done. This sentence is said to try to make things better for the person offended. To put it really short, it is said to try to make things right (at least verbally) after an offense.
Now that we understand the reason for it, the true meaning or significance can now be explained. With our attempt to correct things verbally, one should also be trying to say something else; I wish I had never done that to begin with. Really what you’re saying is that I was being a selfish brat and only thinking of myself. This is much more important to express. The reason being that to truly mean what you are saying, you’re sadly stating that you have not imitated Jesus Christ’s message of Love.
Up to now, this blog has been on human to human offenses that we apologize for. There is one person that we offend more, personally, than all of our faults against humanity combined; God himself, namely Jesus Christ. This is the reason why he gave us the sacrament of confession, to tell God that we are sorry for our sins. Although this is an outward act:
Jesus’ call to conversion and penance, like that of the prophets before him, does not aim first at outward works, ‘sackcloth and ashes,’ fasting and mortification, but at the conversion of the heart, interior conversion. Without this, such penances remain sterile and false; however, interior conversion urges expression in visible signs, gestures and works of penance. (CCC* 1430)