The path of confession and penance is necessary for full participation in the Eucharist

Posted on July 26, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

If a Christian’s conscience is burdened by serious sin,
then the path of penance through
the Sacrament of Reconciliation becomes necessary
for full participation in the Eucharistic sacrifice.
— Pope John Paul II
(Ecclesia de Eucharistia,37)
The minister to whom confession is made is the delegate of Christ, Who is the Judge of the living and the dead.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
When a Catholic comes from confession, he does truly, by definition, step out into that dawn of his own beginning… in that brief ritual God has really remade him in His own image. He may be grey and gouty; but he is only five minutes old.
— G.K. Chesterton

Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For
Making A Good Confession
We should…
1. examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;
2. wait our turn in line patiently;
3. come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end;
4. speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard;
5. state our sins clearly and briefly without rambling;
6. confess all mortal sins in number and kind;
7. listen carefully to the advice the priest gives;
8. confess our own sins and not someone else’s;
9. carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it;
10. use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable;
11. never be afraid to say something “embarrassing”… just say it;
12. never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks…. he is usually impressed by our courage;
13. never fear that the priest will not keep our confession secret… he is bound by the Seal;
14. never confess “tendencies” or “struggles”… just sins;
15. never leave the confessional before the priest has finished giving absolution;
16. memorize an Act of Contrition;
17. answer the priest’s questions briefly if he asks for a clarification;
18. ask questions if we can’t understand what he means when he tells us something;
19. keep in mind that sometimes priests can have bad days just like we do;
20. remember that priests must go to confession too … they know what we are going through.

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