A Clean Slate For Christmas

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My bride, our son and I went to Confession today.  As always, I felt after Confession as if a ton of weight had just been taken off my shoulders,

Here is the formula that I have followed for Confessions since childhood:

Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been ____________ since my last Confession and these are my sins.

I then recite my sins.  I follow the rule of three B’s in Confession:

Be Blunt

Be Brief

Be Gone

I say my sins, with no attempts to minimize or justify, no matter how much it shames me to do so, and often I do feel great shame, which I suspect is a good sign.  I end my recital with the statement that these are all the sins I can recall but that I am truly sorry for those I cannot recall.

After the priest absolves me, and what a wonderful word absolve truly is, I say an Act of Contrition:

O my God I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest of all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the Pains of Hell, but most of all because I have offended Thee my God who art all good and deserving of all my love.  And I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life, amen.

If any of you who read this have been away from Confession, please go before Christmas.  Welcome Christ this year with a clean slate.

 

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5 Comments

  1. I always tear up at the end. I don’t know why, and I can’t help it. I hate my sins, and I keep doing them. God keeps forgiving them. It’s a shame, for me. Maybe the shame is why I tear up.

  2. Thank you. A needed reminder of the cleansing and relief from a good confession.
    I am ever mindful of sins of omission in addition to sins of commission.
    Unfortunately Examination of Conscience pamphlets in many churches are absent (though those dealing with socalled social justice are abundant). Or if present the examinations are so general as to be worthless.

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