Guide to confession

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GUIDE FOR A GOOD CONFESSION
 Guide to confession
 
“To those who have been far away from the sacrament of Reconciliation and forgiving love I make this appeal: come back to this source of grace; do not be afraid!  Christ himself is waiting for you.  He will heal you, and you will be at peace with God!”1
           
            The basic requirement for a good Confession is to have the intention of returning to God like the prodigal son and to acknowl­edge our sins with true sorrow before his representa­tive, the priest.
Examination of Conscience
Examine your conscience.  Recall your sins.  Calmly ask yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God’s Commandments.
The First Commandment
•  Have I performed my duties towards God reluctantly or grudgingly?
•  Did I recite my usual prayers?
•  Did I receive Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin or without the necessary preparation?
•  Did I miss the one-hour Eucharistic fast?
•  Did I fail to mention some grave sin in my previous confessions?
•  Did I seriously believe in superstition or engage in superstitious practices (palm-reading, fortune telling, etc.)?
•  Did I seriously doubt in matters of Faith?
•  Did I put my Faith in danger by reading books, pamphlets, or magazines which contain errors or are contrary to Catholic faith and morals?
•  Did I endanger my Faith by joining or attending meetings and activities of organizations contrary to the Church or to the Catholic faith (Protestant services, non-Catholic prayermeetings, the Communist Party, Freemasonry, “weird” cults and other religions)?
•  Have I committed the sin of sacrilege (profanation of a sacred person, place or thing)?
The Second Commandment
•  Did I try my best to fulfill the promises and resolutions which I made to God?
•  Did I take the name of God in vain?  Did I make use of God’s name mockingly, jokingly, angrily or in any other irreverent manner?
•  Did I make use of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s name or the saints’ names mockingly, jokingly, angrily or in any other irreverent manner?
•  Have I been a sponsor in baptism and ceremonies outside the Catholic Church?
•  Did I tell a lie under oath?
•  Did I break (private or public) vows?
The Third Commandment
•  Did I miss Mass on Sundays or Holy days of obligation?

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