MAKING A GOOD CONFESSION

DO I PRAY TO GOD EVERY DAY? Have I thanked God for His gifts to me? DID I ENDANGER MY FAITH through readings hostile to Catholic teaching or involvement in non-Catholic sects? Did I engage in superstitious practices – palm-reading or fortune telling? DID I TAKE THE NAME OF GOD IN VAIN? Did I curse or take a false oath? DID I MISS MASS on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation through my own fault? Am I attentive at Mass? Did I fast or abstain on prescribed days? DID I DISOBEY MY PARENTS and lawful superiors in important matters? DID I HATE OR QUARREL WITH ANYONE, OR DESIRE REVENGE? Did I refuse to forgive? Was I disrespectful? DID I GET DRUNK? Or take illicit drugs? Did I consent to, recommend, advise, or actively take part in an abortion? DID I WILLFULLY LOOK AT INDECENT PHOTOS OR WATCH IMMORAL FILMS? Did I read immoral literature, or engage in impure jokes or conversations? Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or commit impure acts, alone or with others? Did I use artificial means to prevent conception? DID I STEAL OR HARM ANOTHER’S PROPERTY? Have I been honest in my business relations? DID I LIE? Did I sin by calumny, or detraction, of others? Did I judge others rashly in serious matter? HAVE I ENVIED OTHER PEOPLE?

Following your confession of sins, say: “I am sorry for these and all of my sins.”

ACT OF CONTRITION. O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell; but most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

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