Tips For Making A Good Confession

We should. . .

  1. …examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;
  2. …wait our turn in line patiently;
  3. ..come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end;
  4. ..speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard;
  5. …state our sins clearly and briefly without rambling;
  6. …confess all mortal sins in number and kind;
  7. …listen carefully to the advice the priest gives;
  8. …confess our own sins and not someone else’s;
  9. …carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it;
  10. …use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable;
  11. …never be afraid to say something “embarrassing”… just say it;
  12. …never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks…. he is usually impressed by our courage;
  13. …never fear that the priest will not keep our confession secret… he is bound by the Seal;
  14. …never confess “tendencies” or “struggles”… just sins;
  15. …never leave the confessional before the priest has finished giving absolution;
  16. memorize an Act of Contrition;
  17. …answer the priest’s questions briefly if he asks for a clarification;
  18. …ask questions if we can’t understand what he means when he tells us something;
  19. …keep in mind that sometimes priests can have bad days just like we do;
  20. …remember that priests must go to confession too … they know what we are going through.

From: Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession   o{]:¬)

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