The next section of the Rule of 1818 moves to the logical conclusion of preaching: helping the listener to come to a personal encounter with God as Savior. Preaching should make people aware of their need for conversion, best expressed in the sacrament of reconciliation:
Concerning confessions he will keep in mind what St. Ignatius, St. Philip Neri, and many others perceived, namely, that the work begun in the pulpit has to be completed in the tribunal of penance. If grace has touched a soul by the strength of the Word of God, ordinarily it is in the tribunal of penance that grace molds and justifies it. Preaching, indeed, has no other end than to lead sinners to the pool of salvation.
When God’s grace touches a person with the desire for conversion, the Missionaries need to be available to celebrate the sacrament with them.
We will, therefore, never refuse the request of those who seek to go to confession, whether during the time of missions, or outside of it.
Where we have our residences, three days a week will be especially dedicated to the hearing of confessions.
1818 Rule Part 1, Chapter 3, §2 Regarding Confession
“To pass from estrangement from God to be a child of God is the basic fact of conversion. That altered relationship with God gives you an altered relationship with yourself, with others, with nature, with the universe.” E. Stanley Jones