Skip to comments.How to Go to Confession
Posted on 07/21/2006 7:46:10 AM PDT by Salvation
|How to Go to Confession
|I admit I have not been to confession in many years and am no longer sure I know how to properly avail myself of the sacrament. Would you please review how one should go to confession?
A person should always begin with a good examination of conscience. We need to hold up our lives to the pattern of life God has revealed for us to live. For instance, we take time to reflect on the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the precepts of the Church and the virtues of prudence, fortitude, temperance and justice.
Fr. Saunders is pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls and a professor of catechetics and theology at Notre Dame Graduate School in Alexandria. If you enjoy reading Fr. Saunders's work, his new book entitled Straight Answers (400 pages) is available at the Pauline Book and Media Center of Arlington, Virginia (703/549-3806).
That is actual grace working on you. When you stop feeling this is when you should really worry.
Every time I kneel before the priest I find myself thinking..."didn't you just confess that the last time you were here, you hopeless twit?" Oh well......try again. A couple of weeks later I'll probably be back with the same sorry laundry list.
God is patient with us. Very patient.
Bump to confession.
Just reading our Catechism lesson book chapters over the summer has brought things to my mind I was not even aware of.
Congratulations on becoming a Catholic!!!
Loved what you wrote. It gave me a grin a mile wide. Thanks.
Your post serves as a beautiful witness to the powerful grace delivered in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I pray that it inspires and encourages those Catholics who've fallen away from the Sacrament to return to the confessional.
Thank God for converts like yourself who serve to invigorate and strengthen the faith of all of us members of the Body of Christ.
Welcome Home, Miss Marple. Welcome Home!
Why don't you make an appointment to go in and talk to a priest about your feelings.
I'm afraid Catholic Schools were "off-base" when harping (pardon the pun) on guilt.
God loves everyone -- including you!
I would encourage you to look at your guilt through the lens of realistic guilt and unrealistic guilt.
I used to blame myself for my husband's death from smoking, for example. But the facts are that he chose to smoke since he was 12 years old until the day he died.
Pressures from me, the financial stresses of owning a business, having five children, etc., etc. had nothing to do with his death. He chose to smoke.
I have been able to give the guilt I carried for years back to him, because it was unrealistic guilt. If you want to talk some more about this..................please FReepmail me.
Remember -- God is love -- not guilt.
**and now I WANT to go**
If only we could all feel like this! God bless you.
All former Catholics are always welcome to return to the Catholic Church. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is waiting for you in the Holy Eucharist!
**I now try to go at least once a month.**
The more often we take advantage of the awesome Sacrament of Reconciliation, the closer we are drawn to Jesus Christ.
I think setting a regular schedule and sticking to it is the key. For example -- we are having a heatwave in Oregon, and I really don't want to go to Confession.............but my timeline is here, so I will go this Saturday evening.
Gladly! You have a FReepmail.
If you were not aware of them at that time -- then you can talk to the priest about them, but I doubt that they are sins. You have to consent to doing something willfully for it to be a sin.
You have some excellent links there. Thanks.
Some of us "not so old farts" prefer the traditional partition and kneeler too!" ;o)
3 our fathers and 5 hail marys should do it. :-)
What you up to man?
Bless me father for I have sinned, my last confession was when I was 13. I've browsed the Jack Chick website, I ready "Foxes book of Martyrs" and I'm considering freemasonry. Take it easy on me. :-)
How to go to confession? Well, if you live in Boise, Idaho, first you hire a really good private detective to tell you when and where you might be able to ambush a priest. Then, having sprung your ambush, you put a gun to the priest's head and march him to a confessional.
Careful he doesn't get away. That would be a real disappointment, after having gone to so much time and expense to find a priest in the first place.
Of course, all that is only theory. There's no guarantee that the best private detective in the country would be able to locate a Boise priest during the time span from 30 seconds after his once-weekly mass until 30 seconds before the next one.
Crikey, what a diocese. I expect to die in Boise, so I guess I'll die without the last rites. I'm sure not counting on any of these modernist clowns to show up.