Dear Catholic Exchange:
In the past, Confession was saying how long ago its been since one went to the Sacrament and giving a litany of one's sins.
Can you provide me with information that would allow me to make a better Confession?
Dear Mr. Tacker,
Peace in Christ!
You are correct. Confession is less about giving a laundry list of sins than about identifying key areas of spiritual weakness in life and using God’s grace to attack these areas and become more holy. We have a little booklet authored by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz called A Little Catechism on Confession which gives very practical advice on how to get the most out of the sacrament of penance. He stresses particularly the importance of a good examination of conscience. It is available online at The Little Catechism on Confession.
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