How to Make a Better Confession? (The Patrick Madrid Show)

Going to Confession can be a healing experience, where your sins are completely wiped away. What can you do to make sure you’re as prepared as possible? Patrick Madrid has some advice for you!

Top Tips for a Stellar Confession 🌟

Confession Supplements & Prayers đź“ż

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Steps to Confession: The app walks you through the sacrament step-by-step, perfect for both Catholics and curious non-Catholics.

Examining Your Conscience 

Start with the Ten Commandments: Patrick breaks down common questions to ask yourself:

“Did I neglect my prayer life?”

“Did I receive Holy Communion without the necessary preparation?”

“Did I fail to observe the one-hour fast before Communion?”

“Did I hide any grave sins in past confessions?” (This invalidates your confession and adds a sin of sacrilege!)

Prayers to Boost Your Confession 🙏

Before Confession: “Come Holy Spirit, enlighten my mind that I may clearly know my sins…”

After Confession: “Almighty and merciful God, whose mercy is boundless and everlasting…”

Special Note on Scrupulosity 🧠

This can be a difficult cross where you see sin where there is no sin, or you might exaggerate the seriousness of your sins. God wants to help set you free from this!

Books to Help:

Spiritual Theology by Father Jordan Aumann

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales


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