How to Make a Good Confession

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Are you discouraged?  Have you lost your energy?  If you want more joy in your life, then you need to experience more forgiveness. . . The best way to experience this joyful mercy of God is going to Confession: the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, which is a healing Sacrament of forgiveness and conversion. (CCC 1422-1470)

Most of us received instruction on how to make a confession way back when we were seven years old. Since then, we have received little instruction on how to make a good confession. That's too bad, because our sins at age 7 are very different than our sins at age 25, 35, 45, and so on. . .  

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." - Hebrews 12:1

Examination of Conscience


 

 

5 Benefits of Frequent Confession

It's Lent! This season provides us as Catholics an opportunity to "repent and believe in the Gospel." One of the ways we can best do this is by going to Confession, where we have the opportunity to accept the many graces God has in store for us through this beautiful - and often underutilized - sacrament. But Lent isn't the only time to make Reconciliation part of your schedule. Frequent Confession has so many benefits, including:

  1. Confession helps us to better "know thyself." St. Augustine and countless other saints and doctors of the Church talk about the importance of knowing ourselves well. Through coming to know ourselves better, we realized how fallen we are, and how badly we need God’s help and grace to get through life. Frequent Confession helps remind us to rely on God to help rid us of our sins.
  2. Confession helps us to overcome sin and viceThe grace we receive from the Sacrament of Confession helps us combat our faults and failings and break our habits of vice much more easily and expediently than we could otherwise do without the sacramental grace.
  3. Confession brings us peace. Guilt from the sins we commit can make us feel all mixed up 
  4. inside and cause us to lose our peace and joy. When we hear God’s forgiving words to us from the lips of the priest in Confession, a burden is lifted off our shoulders. Sins weigh us down and enslave us, often giving our passions power over us, instead of us having control over our passions. With the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we can again feel the peace of heart and soul that comes from being in a good relationship with God.
  5. Confession helps us become more saintly, more like Jesus! Jesus was perfectly humble, perfectly generous, perfectly patient, perfectly loving—perfectly everything! Don’t you wish you could be as humble, generous, patient, and loving as Jesus? Saints throughout history have felt that way too, and they have frequented the Sacrament of Reconciliation to help transform them into people who are more like Christ. Little images of Christ—that’s what saints are!
  6. Confession strengthen our will. Every time we experience the Sacrament of Confession, God strengthens our will and our self-control to be able to resist the temptations that confront us in our lives. We become more resolute to follow God’s will and not our own whims.

The words of absolution in the Confessional are beautiful: “I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus is waiting to forgive you—all you have to do is ask! Don’t miss out any longer on the healing power of Confession...go to Confession this week, and invite someone else too, as part of this "Year of Mercy" called for by Pope Francis.

Also, consider sharing this article or our GoodConfession.com site with someone in your life whom you believe would benefit from the graces of sacramental Reconciliation!  

 

 

 

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