Wednesday, March 3, 2010

On Confession...

Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession

We should...

1) ...examine our consciences regularly and thoroughly;

2) ...wait our turn in line patiently; (dare I say, "Quietly"? - I will/have/do say hello to someone and have a short QUIET conversation.  But some act as if this is a social event! Not only do I think it's uncalled for... it's simply distracting!)

3) ...come at the time confessions are scheduled, not a few minutes before they are to end;

4) ...speak distinctly but never so loudly that we might be overheard;

5) ...state our sins clearly and briefly without rambling;

6) ...confess all mortal sins in number and kind;

7) ...listen carefully to the advice the priest gives;

8) ...confess our own sins and not someone else’s;

9) ...carefully listen to and remember the penance and be sure to understand it;

10) ...use a regular formula for confession so that it is familiar and comfortable;

11) ...never be afraid to say something "embarrassing"... just say it;

12) ...never worry that the priest thinks we are jerks…. he is usually impressed by our courage;

13) ...never fear that the priest will not keep our confession secret… he is bound by the Seal;

14) ...never confess "tendencies" or "struggles"... just sins;

15) ...never leave the confessional before the priest has finished giving absolution;

16) ...memorize an Act of Contrition;

17) ...answer the priest’s questions briefly if he asks for a clarification;

18) ...ask questions if we can’t understand what he means when he tells us something;

19) ...keep in mind that sometimes priests can have bad days just like we do;

20) ...remember that priests must go to confession too … they know what we are going through.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And don't "justify" your sins. This is my biggest problem! LOL. I really have to be conscious of it when in the confessional.