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Most Catholics struggle with this Sacrament of Reconciliation the most. However, James 5:16 does say to “confess sins to one another.” This was also the view within the Church until the Irish monastics reformed the practice to one that embraced privacy and was done, one on one with a clergyman.
Confession should be more than listing your sins and a priest saying the blessing, but even if this is all that happens, the power of both the true Repentant and the power/authority given to the priest, releases you from your sins in the eyes of God. To receive the full benefits of the Sacrament, you must acknowledge your faults fully, truthfully and honestly. You must also be truly sorry for having committed them, and you must truly strive to not commit them again. A person may perform all the externals, but they are meaningless if that person does not fully believe in what they are doing. But God knows we aren’t perfect and that is why He gave us the gift of Reconciliation.
The major Graces associated with this Sacrament include forgiveness of sins, becoming closer to God, and in addition to spiritual growth, Reconciliation offers an opportunity for great personal growth. You can find more information about the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Click on any of the Churches in the map below to find the most convenient times for Reconciliation in your area.
Before taking part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we should prepare ourselves by examining our conscience. Examination of Conscience can take many forms, and involves taking a very serious faith based look at our thoughts, words and actions. As a guide, many people use the Ten Commandments to help guide their Examination of Conscience prior to participating in the Sacrament of Penance. An easy to follow guide is provided below.
The First Commandment – I am the Lord your God, thou shall not have any false Gods before me.
Has God been #1 in your life? Have you placed money, friends, material things ahead of your spiritual development?
The Second Commandment – Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Have my words reflected Gods Love? Have I spoken negatively about the Church or God?
The Third Commandment – Remember to keep holy the Sabbath.
Have I attended Mass each Sunday? Have I attended Mass on Holy Days of Obligation? Do I attend to the spiritual development of myself and my family on Sunday?
The Fourth Commandment – Honor thy father and thy mother.
Do I respect my mother and father?
The Fifth Commandment – Thou shall not kill.
Have I been physically or verbally abusive? Have I caused emotional harm? Have I supported abortion in any way?
The Sixth Commandment – Thou shall not commit adultery.
Have you been respectful to others? Have you respected yourself?
The Seventh Commandment – Thou shall not steal.
Have I taken things that don’t belong to me? Have I squandered resources that could have been used to feed or support my family? Have I failed to prioritize my children, my family, the Church.
The Eighth Commandment – Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Have I treated my neighbors with respect? Have I told lies about others?
The Ninth Commandment – Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife.
Have I respected my wife/husband, giving them the love and respect they deserve? Has my love been exclusive to them?
The Tenth Commandment – Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods.
Am I constantly trying to keep up with Jones’s? Do I focus so much on the belongings of others that I am unable to find gratitude for my own life? Do I wish loss or disruption on others in an attempt to bring them down to my level? Am I placing undo value on objects and items (See Commandment #1)?
Attend a Local Mass
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Participate in the Holy Mass
Click here to see the readings for each day before you go to Mass, so you can be prepared to particpate fully in the Holy Sacrament.
Find Holiness in Your Everday Life
Use the Liturgy of the Hours to immerse yourself in prayer and sanctify each day. Click here for guidance on the praying of the Liturgy of the Hours.
Grow Your Relationship with God
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is one of the greatest gifts that God has given. Click here to find locations offering Confession.