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(open) confession is good for the soul

proverb The act of confessing one's misdeeds alleviates stress and guilt. You'll feel better if you just tell mom that you broke the vase. Open confession is good for the soul, after all. A: "Do you think Jenny will be able to truly forgive me for this?" B: "Unfortunately, there's no way to know. But I can tell you that confession is good for the soul." I always feel better after telling my sins to a priest. I guess it's true what they say—open confession is good for the soul.
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(Open) confession is good for the soul.

Prov. If you have done something wrong, you will feel better if you confess that you did it. You ought to tell Dad that you broke his radio. Open confession is good for the soul. Sue: I've been so upset about cheating on the exam that I haven't been sleeping nights. Sam: You can do something about it; confession is good for the soul.
See also: confession, for, good, soul
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Of course there has been a myriad of interpretations of Confessiones VII and its account of Augustine's early ascents throughout the last century.
Y en Confessiones el torrente es la cancion: "Y lo que sucede con el canto entero ...
Fiant eciam similis forme due parve fenestre in ecclesia, si fieri potest, ubi confessiones sororum audiantur.'
Augustine wrote (Confessiones, 8, 7): "Lord make me chaste--but not yet."
(6) So the famous admonition in Confessiones 8.12: tolle, lege.
See Saint Augustine's Childhood: Confessiones Book One (New York: Viking, 2001), p.
Interpretando le Confessiones alia luce di questo principio di unita il Manzoni, acquisita la distinzione fra Ragione regolante e illuminante e ragione regolata e illuminata, colloca subito la ragione umana nell'alveo della ragione divina.
On the one hand, there are examples of antitheses that are ornamental and fairly isolated within a given text, such as in Book 4 of the Confessiones where Augustine muses on the death of his friend: "The lost life of those who die becomes the death of those still alive." (14) On the other hand, there are oppositional pairs that are recurrent and are both representative and generative of complex patterns of thought--such as, for example, the contrast between faith and sight, or signs and things, or use and enjoyment.
(1.) Among the non-English titles, I have also included Aristotle's Ethica nicomachea and Augustin's Confessiones, since they are quoted according to the original title (though an English translation is wisely added).
These 13 essays, contributed by scholars writing from the perspective of Augustine, Heidegger, or both, detail Heidegger's sources and themes as they relate to Augustine, in particularly as Heidegger interpreted Confessiones X, his thought on hermeneutic phenomenology and gnosticism, the two men's convergence and dissimilarity on desire and questioning, and the what related work of Jonas, Arendt, Gadamer and Eckhart has to say about what was a productive if sometimes adversarial relationship.