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Guide to Confession

Examination of Conscience

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance [Confession], one should prepare themselves with an examination of conscience.  An examination of conscience is a “prayerful self-reflection on our words and deeds in the light of the Gospel to determine how we may have sinned against God” (Glossary, The Catechism of the Catholic Church).

Begin with these 3 questions…

1. Do I approach the sacrament of Penance with a sincere desire for purification, conversion, renewal of life, and a more intimate friendship with God? Or do I consider it rather as a burden, which I am only rarely willing to bear?

2. Have I purposefully forgotten or kept silent regarding grave sins in my most recent confession, or earlier confessions?

3. Have I fulfilled the penance that was imposed on me? Have I made reparation for the damage that I’ve done? Have I sought to put into practice my resolutions to amend my life according to the Gospel?

Then focus on these 3 main areas…

I. The Lord says: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart”

II. The Lord says: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Christ the Lord says: “Be perfect, as the Father is perfect”