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Confession Checkup

Natalia Sawyer

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It is important as a Catholic to confess our sins so we can be free of sin and closer to God. Today’s society has lost a sense of sin making it crucial that we recognize our sins and confess them to God. We seek healing and forgiveness through confession and clear our souls of our sins. During confession we ask for the Holy Spirit to carefully your conscience.
As we are preparing to go to confession we make an examination of conscience. The steps of making your examination of conscience would begin with a prayer asking for God’s help. Review your life with the help of some questions (questions are stated below). Tell God how truly sorry you are for your sins. Finally, make a firm resolution not to sin again.
When you start your confession, reconciliation may be face-to-face or anonymous, with a screen between you and the priest. You may choose the option that is most comfortable for you. The priest will start by giving you a blessing or greeting. Make the sign of the cross and say: “Bless me father, for I have sinned. My last confession was…” (give the number of days, weeks, months, or years). Confess all of your sins to the priest. Don’t hide anything out of shame or fear. The priest will assign you a peace and absolves you from your sins.
After you make your confession many times you will be asked to say an Act of Contrition. The prayer goes: “My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, i have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

1 Have God and the pursuit of sanctity in Christ been the goal of my life? Have I denied my faith? Have I placed my trust in false teachings or substitutes for God? Did I despair of God’s mercy?
2 Have I avoided the profane use of God’s name in my speech? Have I broken a solemn vow or promise?
3 Have I honored every Sunday by avoiding unnecessary work, celebrating the Mass (also holydays)? Was I inattentive at, or unnecessarily late for Mass, or did I leave early? Have I neglected prayer for a long time?
4 Have I shown Christlike respect to parents, spouse, and family members, legitimate authorities? Have I been attentive to the religious education and formation of my children?
5 Have I cared for the bodily health and safety of myself and all others? Did I abuse drugs or alcohol? Have I supported in any way abortion, “mercy killing,” or suicide?
6 Was I impatient, angry, envious, proud, jealous, revengeful, lazy? Have I forgiven others?
7 Have I been just in my responsibilities to employer and employees? Have I discriminated against others because of race or other reasons?
8 Have I been chaste in thought and word? Have I used sex only within marriage and while open to procreating life? Have I given myself sexual gratification? Did I deliberately look at impure TV, pictures, reading?
9 Have I stolen anything from another, from my employer, from government? If so, am I ready to repay it? Did I fulfill my contracts? Did I rashly gamble, depriving my family of necessities?
10 Have I spoken ill of any other person? Have I always told the truth? Have I kept secrets and confidences?
11 Have I permitted sexual thoughts about someone to whom I am not married?
12 Have I desired what belongs to other people? Have I wished ill on another?
13 Have I been faithful to sacramental living (Holy Communion and Penance)?
14 Have I helped make my parish community stronger and holier? Have I contributed to the support of the Church?
15 Have I done penance by abstaining and fasting on obligatory days? Have I fasted before receiving communion?
16 Have I been mindful of the poor? Do I accept God’s will for me?

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  1. Deborah Gregory on September 28th, 2017 8:26 am

    Natalia,
    Well done and AMEN!

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