Confessing there in her kitchen was not an option, but he needed to have this behind them, so decided he would tell her as soon as possible.
All his time was spent in preaching, confessing, visiting the sick, relieving the poor.
Fines were imposed by way of penance on those confessing willingly.
Two goats were provided by the ancient Hebrews on the Day of Atonement; the high priest sent one into the desert, after confessing on it the sins of Israel; it was not permitted to run free but was probably cast over a precipice; the other was sacrificed as a sin-offering.
The temple-tax was strictly exacted; Jews who lived the Jewish life without openly confessing their religion and Jews who concealed their nationality were brought before the magistrates.