Confession, Preparation For Death

The Power of Confession

A dying trooper, near the French lines, asked his Colonel to act as interpreter for his last confession since the only chaplain available was a French priest. He was assured that he could make his Confession with signs. But he insisted on telling all his sins. Seeing the ardent desire of the poor fellow, the good officer, who was a Protestant, listened to the man’s Confession and translated it for the French priest, who gave him absolution. Nothing could equal the gratitude of the dying soldier, who died a few moments after, as happy as a child. The Colonel was deeply impressed, asked many questions and ended by becoming a Catholic before the close of the campaign. Many of his brother officers did likewise.