The pope met with dozens of present and future priests who participated in a course about confession. He reminded them that one becomes a good confessor by learning from life lessons. He shared three tips with them on how to do so:
- That they cultivate prayer to be friends of God. In this way, they will realize that they too are sinners, and will not deal harshly with penitents.
- That they be 'men of discernment,' and not apply the same prescription to everyone.
- That confession is a moment of formation. Give people advice that brings them closer to God.
'The confessor, in fact, is called daily to go to the peripheries of evil and sin - this is an ugly periphery! - and his work represents a true pastoral priority.'
Before leaving, the pope asked them to always be available to listen to confessions. Do not be priests who 'only confessâ? on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays,' but rather every time someone asks for it, whenever it may be.