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How to make a confession

Or, don’t sweat the embarrassing stuff

By Dave Myers
Southwest Kansas Catholic

   Editor’s Note: I provided the text that is in italics. Catholic News Agency provided the rest.

You can begin your confession by making the Sign of the Cross and greeting the priest:

   “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”

   This is why you’re here. On another occasion, you could easily greet a priest by saying, “Bless me, Father, for I. Am. Awesome!” Why? Because God loves you so much! Even as we are in sin, we are as beloved to Him as a newborn is to their mom or dad!

   But here and now, it’s about saying to God, “I know I let you down. Help me to be a better person. Help me to heal.”

   King David probably said it best: “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (Psalm 51:2)

   You’re in good company! Even popes go to confession!

   The priest gives you a blessing. One response you might give is these words St. Peter said to Christ:

   “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you” (Jn 21:17).

   One then continues with the time since one’s last confession:

   “My last good confession was... (approximately how many weeks, months or years).”

   I’m not sure what a “good” confession is versus any other confession, but the point is, this is similar to telling a dentist when your last checkup was. It gives the priest a little wider perspective on what you are about to confess. If you have a litany of sins a mile long, yet you just went to Confession last week, the priest will probably have different words of guidance than if you last went to confession in 1974.

   Don’t be afraid of long lapses! Remember the Prodigal Son!

   Say the sins that you remember. Start with the one that is most difficult to say; after this it will be easier to mention the rest.

   If you do not know how to confess, or you feel uneasy or ashamed, simply ask the priest to assist you. Be assured that he will help you to make a good confession. Simply answer his questions without hiding any­thing out of shame or fear. Place your trust in God: he is your merciful Father and wants to forgive you.

   I know: This is the tough part. Just know that there is no sin that the priest has not heard before. Probably. When my mom was a girl, she thought her first confession was a rehearsal for the real thing, so she made up a bunch of sins that would have made Al Capone envious. I’m sure the priest sprouted several grey hairs that day.

   If you do not remember any serious sins, be sure to confess at least some of your venial sins, adding at the end:

   “I am sorry for these and all the sins of my past life (not past life as in, you were once a Roman gladiator), especially for...” (mention in general any past sin for which you are particu­larly sorry; for example, all my sins against charity).

   The priest will assign you some penance and give you some advice to help you to be a better Christian.

   This is what some people forget: the Sacrament of Reconciliation isn’t just about how many Our Father’s you’ll be assigned, it’s about receiving caring guidance.

   Listen to the words of absolution attentively. At the end answer: “Amen.”

   Be willing to do the penance as soon as possible. This penance will diminish the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.

            Know this: Just because you’re doing penance, doesn’t mean God loves you any less, even temporarily. As it says in the book of Micah (7:19), “You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins.” From what I hear, that ol’ sea is pretty darn deep!

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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