Are you hesitating going to Confession because it’s been a long time since your last? Months? Years? Remember, the Good Lord is always forgiving.
To make a good Confession:
~ Make an examination of conscience. Think about what you have done wrong & why it is wrong.
~ Pray often before a Confession, that you may be honest & repentant.
Prayer: “Come Holy Spirit, enlighten my mind that I might clearly know my sins,
touch my heart that I may be sorry for them, and better my life. Amen”
~When you enter the Confessional, make the Sign of the Cross and say, “Bless me Father, for I have sinned, it has been (length of time) since my last Confession”
~ Tell the priest all your sins Do not omit any unconfessed Moral sins that you can remember.
~ When you are finished, the priest will often offer you counsel on how you can avoid sin in the future. Afterward, he will ask you to make an Act of Contrition. This must be performed sincerely, truly mean- ing what you say. If you don’t know the words, either write them down or ask the priest to help you.
Act of Contrition:
“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended thee. I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I have offended thee, my God who art all good and deserving of my love. I firmly resolve with the help of thy grace to sin no more, to do penance, and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen”
~Expect the priest to recommend penance after he offers absolution for your sins.
Perform your penance as soon as possible. Leave feeling better about yourself and living in the light of God’s forgiveness.