Skip to comments.How To Make a Good Confession (especially if you haven't gone in years)
Posted on 12/20/2005 11:38:54 AM PST by NYer
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Ping and thanks.
Whew. Got my son to go to Confession last night - it's been about 2 years for him. Teenagers can be tough. He wasn't struck by lightening - I think he was encouraged :)
I had a little pamphlet book on Confession to help him out and refresh his memory.
We had 4 priests on deck last night for Confessions and they're going to be doing the same thing all week from 7 pm until they're finished.
One thing that usually discourages me is to try to go to Confession and wait in line...then the priest is only there for 30 minutes and you don't get heard. Being able to go and know you'll be heard is worth the wait.
We are truly Blessed!
"I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life."
A little lax, compared with the old Latin version.
Ideo firmiter propono, adiuvante gratia Tua, de cetero me non peccaturum, peccandique occasiones proximas fugiturum.
An excellent and timely post! We received the sacrament last Saturday. And the links to examining one's conscience are always appreciated.
Ping! You may have seen this already, but it bears repeating! ;-)
Marked for reference. Thanks.
Lol ... it doesn't get any easier. Since Confession is mandatory prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, my daughter couldn't escape. They probably wonder how 'doing what everyone else is doing', could be a sin. Since then, a team of wild horses couldn't drag her back.
Thank you for this, NYer. Merry Christmas.
See #35 in this thread!
Noel and S/F!
Just in time for Christmas.
"Most of us"??
ALL of us -- save for the Perfect One 2000 years ago.
One itty-bitty "sin" is one too many for access to Heaven without the innocent blood of the Lamb of God.
Btw, I second the motion -- that was a great list, NYer.
Don't forget the other exception, His Mother.
This wonderful and practical little booklet explains clearly and thoroughly how to make a good Confession--but in much greater detail than covered in most catechisms. It includes an Examination of Conscience (plus a discussion of lax, scrupulous and doubtful conscience), contrition and its necessary qualities, avoiding the near occasions of sin, the actual Confession of sins to the priest, and the penance given by the priest. This booklet also explains perfect and imperfect contrition and how to make acts of perfect contrition. It then considers sacrilegious Confession, how to rectify a bad Confession and the reasons for General Confession. Confession of venial sins is also discussed, as well as the many, unheralded benefits of frequent Confession.
After these beautiful, clear explanations, the booklet then guides the reader through preparation for a good Confession, including an Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments of God, the Six Precepts of the Church, the Seven Capital Sins, the duties of one's particular state of life, and the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Also included are considerations to excite contrition and prayers before and after Confession.
This is truly a most valuable little handbook about Confession, packed with the traditional teachings of the Church on the Sacrament of Penance--a Sacrament which is both the salvation of those in mortal sin and a much-neglected and easy means of growth in holiness for all Catholics.
Published by TAN Books and Publishers
I try to keep a few on hand to give away.
With all due respect, even Mary was borne in sin. That is why Jesus was borne via "Immaculate Conception" through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was God in the flesh, and thus the ONLY sinless One.
From very early in the Christian era, believers have held that Our Lord took His flesh of the Virgin Mary. If He did, and Mary's flesh felt the corruption of sin, what does this say about Our Lord? Of course, He has the power to preserve Himself, but that's not the way He chose to come into the world. For if the written word of God, the tablets from Mt. Sinai, had to be held in a vessel made of pure materials, then why would God send His Word, Jesus Christ, to be held in an impure vessel?
The Immaculate Conception doesn't refer to the conception and birth of Jesus. It refers to the conception of Mary free from all sin in her mother's womb. This special (and unmerited!) favor was accorded her by God in anticipation of her role as the living ark for the living Word of God. She didn't, strictly speaking, HAVE to have this done for her, but "it was fitting and proper," as the eastern Church says. She needed the salvation of the cross just like everyone else, but the fruit of the cross was applied to her beforehand.
I appreciate your explanation, but could you kindly cite any Scripture to support your assertion?
[And] why would God send His Word, Jesus Christ, to be held in an impure vessel?"
Doesn't Scripture tell us ALL who came after Adam and Eve are tainted with "original sin"? Even now...
Yes, Christ was indeed born of the flesh virgin Mary -- though NOT "conceived" through sin.
But what this says about Our Lord was that He is a man as well as God, as only a sinless man of the flesh could redeem us.
We can not know all the mysteries of God, but one can only refer to Scripture for support -- rather than "church tradition."