Why do we repeat “mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa” (through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault)? We say that three times because important truths need to be repeated, or we just don’t get it. Much like a mother who shouts, “don’t touch it!!” three times as her little two-year-old boy runs to touch the whistling tea pot.
Sometimes we are tempted to recall others’ sins during the Penitential Rite. Read Fr. Matthew Spencer’s advice on recognizing our own sins and making a better Confession here.