The Word Among Us

June 2008 Issue

“Bless Me, Father. . .”

What Makes for a Good Confession?

1. Contrition.

Contrition is “sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.” The reception of this sacrament ought to be prepared for by an examination of conscience made in the light of the Word of God. The passages best suited to this can be found in the Ten Commandments, the moral catechesis of the Gospels and the apostolic Letters, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the apostolic teachings.

2. The Confession of Sins. Confession to a priest is an essential part of the sacrament of Penance: “All mortal...

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