There are five steps to a good confession.
- Examine your conscience
- Be sorry for your sins
- Have a firm resolve to avoid those sins in the future
- Confess your sins to a priest
- Satisfaction ~ fulfill your penance
Jesus said to his apostles, “Whose sins you shall forgive they are forgiven them.” That’s why we go to the priest to have our sins forgiven. Because Jesus said so.
Often pride, laziness, or fear hold us back from Confession, but it’s the devil who really gets in our way. A good, sincere, and contrite Confession brings enormous joy and peace to a soul. How could it be otherwise? Because in the Sacrament of Reconciliation we encounter Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his Most Merciful Heart!.
Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, JCD
Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for
having offended you, and I detest
all my sins, because of Your just
punishments, but most of all because
they offend You, my God, who are
all-good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of
Your grace, to sin no more and to
avoid the near occasion of sin.