Confession is one of the most distinctive and well-known practices of the Catholic Church. It is often said that fewer Catholics today approach the sacrament and that people today have lost a sense of sin. However, the Sacrament of Reconciliation continues to be one of the most comforting and liberating experiences of the Christian life. Fr. Kurt Stasiak, O.S.B., a Benedictine scholar, offers here a new handbook for the priest who hears confessions and thereby adds a unique contribution to the practice and understanding of the sacrament in the church today. This handbook is a must for all priests who hear confessions, for those in formation for priestly ministry and will be of great interest to all who are drawn to the Sacrament of Reconciliation for their own spiritual and sacramental enrichment. Paper.