Some say: Ah, I confess to God. But its easy, its like confessing by email, no? God is far away, I say things and theres no face-to-face, no eye-to-eye contact. Paul confesses his weakness to the brethren face-to-face. Others [say], No, I go to confession, but they confess so many ethereal things, so many up-in-the-air things, that they dont have anything concrete. And thats the same as not doing it. Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist, or to a torture chamber: its saying to the Lord, Lord, I am a sinner, but saying it through the brother, because this says it concretely. I am sinner because of this, that and the other thing.
As I see it, God already knows our sins. I am called on to confess so that I will truly know my sins, acknowledge my fault, and be moved to change.
“For who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins. Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.” (Ps. 19)