Forgive me father for I have sinned, it’s been 10 years since my last confession.
Forgive Me Father
Wild Flower

The whole phrase “forgive me father for I have sinned” is very significant in a Western cultural context, since it has for centuries and to this day been part of the ritual formula when a repentant sinner approaches a Catholic priest, seeking absolution and forgiveness of their sins, if you want the strictly pragmatic explanation.

In a more faith related context, referring to God as “Father” is for Christians and specially catholics, a plea for forgiveness, for it is known thar a father will always forgive his sons no matter how abominable their transgressions.

It is also a humble acknowledgement of God’s greatness and might as the Creator and father of all things, and of our faith in receiving his forgiveness, as any loving father would do, pleading to his divine parental nature and not to the “Vengeful and Jealous Judge, Lord of the armies” often referred to in the old testament.

I hope this makes referring to God as father a little less confusing.

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