The Sacrament of Confession: Part II

In my previous post I explained the Sacrament of Confession by using information from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The purpose of Part I was to describe the theology of the sacrament.

The purpose of Part II is to provide tools and guidance for participating in it.

After reading this post, I hope you feel excited to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

In this post I’ll focus on:

  • Preparation
  • Tips
  • Encouragement
  • Advice

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The Sacrament of Confession: Part I

In my mid-twenties I began to practice my Catholic Faith more seriously and attend Mass regularly. During that time, I kept hearing a priest talk about confession during his homilies.

Even though I wanted to go to confession, I didn’t know much about it because I wasn’t taught to go regularly.

I desired to understand why I need to receive the sacrament, what it is and the effects.

Once I discovered this information and received the sacrament, it was life-changing!

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Silence.

One of my favorite things to do is go to the church during the week. I find that it’s the only place where there is absolute silence (as long as nothing else is going on there at the time). Silence is something that I often long for; I need it!

Without experiencing moments of silence each day, I can’t find peace (and even finding peace on those days can still be a challenge). In our culture, silence is practically nonexistent. It’s almost seen as something undesirable—or even worse, not necessary or good. (I don’t think I have to go into much depth here. I’m sure you have an idea of what I’m talking about.)

Last Sunday, I arrived at the church about forty minutes before Mass was to begin in hopes of spending some much needed quiet time with Jesus. My attempt was in vain because the choir was practicing. Then as people began arriving, the noise in the church increased. One might assume that the church would be a place for silence, but I’ve found this to be true only during the week, not on Sunday.

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