|A Quick Guide
SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION
Blessed are they whose iniquities
are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
I have acknowledged my sin to thee, and my injustice I have not concealed. I said I will confess against myself my injustice to the Lord: and thou hast forgiven the wickedness of my sin.
Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning. And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God?
(Our Lord to Blessed Faustina)
"When you go to Confession, know
this, that I Myself am waiting for you in the confessional; I am only hidden
by the priest, but I Myself act in the soul. Here the misery of the
soul meets the God of Mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy
souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust.
(Our Lord to Sister Josepha)
"I long to have the whole world read of My ardent desire to forgive and reinstate souls in grace."
"My Heart finds joy in forgiveness. I have no greater desire nor happiness than to be able to forgive."
"How I long to make known to mankind
the Loving Mercy and Forgiveness of My Heart."
The Holy Sacrament of Confession
The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul; The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The command of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eye; The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; The ordinances of the LORD are true, all of them just; They are more precious than gold, than a heap of purest gold; Sweeter also than syrup or honey from the comb.
1. Make a thorough examination of conscience. (See below the Rule of St. Benedict). If it helps, write it down and take it with you. (but swallow it immediately afterwards!) This will also help you:
2. Ask the Blessed Mother and all the patron saints and angels of good confessions to assist you in preparing your heart and remembering all your offenses against God. Especially any mortal sin. You should also pray for your confessor. Recall all that you have done, thought, said, or neglected to do that might displease God. We can never know all the things we do every day that offend God, so it might also be advisable to always add at the end of your confession, "May God forgive me for anything I have done or said or thought that offends Him in any way - that I cannot now recall, or am unaware of."
3. Forgiveness and reconciliation is central to our relationship to God. True sorrow for your sins is most important! Now you are on the true road to "authentic conversion," (Pope John Paul II) True conversion is a matter of the heart and a continuing process throughout your entire life. You have now opened the door that may have been previously closed to you - the door of God's Grace and Mercy. With an unrepentant sinner, the only door open to him is the door of God's JUSTICE. And that is why frequent use of the sacrament of confession is recommended. (at least once a month)
4. There is great benefit to a general confession. You are not supposed to give every gory detail! (whew) Remember, when in the confessional, its really God you are speaking to! It's God you have offended - not the priest - and God knows all the details! God uses the priest as his minister of mercy as he had bestowed that power on him through St. Peter. But for your own benefit...so as not to fall into the error of denial which is caused by pride, you should try to remember each and every sin as clearly as possible (do not hide them!) and mention how many times you committed this sin.
5. To begin, kneel and make the sign of the cross, saying, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." You can say something like, "Bless me father for I have sinned. It's been _____ (days, months, years, etc.) since my last confession. Then tell him all your sins.
6. He may counsel you a little, offer some helpful advice, and then he'll ask you to say a good 'Act of Contrition' :
Act of Contrition
"O, My God, I am heartly sorry for having offended Thee. I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven, and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because they offend Thee My God, Who art all good, and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen"
7. Then the priest will tell you what you must do for penance. (Usually some prayers or good works) He will then give you absolution and his blessing saying:
"God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
You reply: "Amen."
The priest then says, "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good."
Your reply: "His mercy endures for ever."
Then the priest dismisses you by saying, "Go in the peace of Christ."
Go out and kneel down in the Church, thank God for his free gift of forgiveness and Mercy and then perform your act of penance. DONE!
"Hey, that didn't hurt one bit!"
8. Now you're
like a clean slate - Go and sin no more!
Can you hear all the angels singing
and praising God?
May God Bless you with this
A GUIDE FOR DAILY LIVING
Do all things with counsel,
And never to despair of God's Mercy.
Behold, these are the tools of the spiritual craft. If we employ them unceasingly day and night, and on the day of Judgment render account of them, then we shall receive from the Lord in return that reward which He Himself has promised: Eye has not seen nor ear heard, what God hath prepared for those that love Him. Now the workshop, wherein we shall diligently execute all these tasks, is the enclosure of the monastery, (home, office, workplace, etc.), and our spiritual roots in the community.
St. Benedict is called the "Father of Western Monasticism." Through his rule of morality there developed the western, european, monastic tradition of teaching. Teaching in the west was pioneered by Benedictine Monks. The good moral teachings derived from St. Benedict became the foundation upon which the western countries rose to great moral heights. Let us humbly beg God to help America, our leaders, and ourselves, rise again through the intercession and the Rule of St. Benedict.
July 11th, St. Benedict: Patron Saint of Europe.
Abortion is all too common evil in our selfish culture.
But motherhood is the most precious and life-giving
of all occupations.
Motherhood: from where all life finds its beginning.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT
Abortion may seem
like an easy solution now
the right thing
will bless you for it
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