It’s Friday. Start thinking about Saturday and going to confession.

Since it is Friday, I suggest that you start thinking about going to confession on Saturday.  Make a plan.

Most of you have the motive, means and opportunity to go to confession regularly.  Saturday is often your best time to go.

Your Plan To Go To Confession should include an examination of conscience.  My good friend Fr. Finigan has a good one you can use.   HERE.

Also, scan my Tips For Making a Good Confession.  HERE.

Do not be afraid to make a complete confession of your mortal sins.

Confess your sins in kind and number.

There is nothing that any of us little mortals can do that is so bad that our almighty and merciful God will not forgive.  His power to forgive is perfect and absolute.  His desire to forgive is urgent and ready.

When your sins are forgiven in sacramental confession, the guilt of the sin is gone, cleansed from your soul, even though the memory and the need to do penance remain.

Go to confession.

 

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11 Responses to It’s Friday. Start thinking about Saturday and going to confession.

  1. GregH says:

    Father Z,

    What are you doing today?

  2. Supertradmum says:

    Father Z., thank you for reminding us. I wish I could get to regular confession. It is very hard here, as one has to ask, and find the priest in the first place in order to ask….God bless you for encouraging us to be holy.

  3. APX says:

    I’ve been thinking of Confession on Saturday since Sunday. The joys of weekly confession.

  4. Joseph-Mary says:

    What is a great blessing is that in my town, two of the 4 parishes have confessions six days a week! I usually go on Tuesdays….

    There is always a line. If you build it they will come…

  5. Maltese says:

    I go to confession upwards of three times a day (if my confessor isn’t available, I have nine other priests on speed-dial).

    That’s a joke, but I did once say confession to a priest in an airport!

    In all seriousness, confession is one of the most lamentably little utilized Sacraments; it can make the difference between eternally enjoying the Beautific Vision, or an eternity without seeing God.

    If there is one thing you do this weekend–besides going to confession and mass–please, please order a copy of Hungry Souls – Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings from Purgatory. Being forewarned might literally save your soul, or the soul of a loved one.

  6. Maltese says:

    Here’s a quick BOOK TRAILER to Hungary Souls (I know, I never knew there was such a thing as a “book trailer” before today, either!)

    As an ex-atheist, I thought the idea of ghosts or purgatory were quite funny, until I had a prolonged “ghostly” (or, perhaps, more accurately poltergeist) experience myself. Not to scare, but you do not want to be caught in the lower levels of purgatory–not to mention hell.

    When I go to places with a history of hauntings, or people who have had a haunted or ghostly experience, I only look at first-hand experience. I don’t bother with hearsay–single, double, or otherwise.

    To give but one interview I had: I sat down with a famous Catholic writer for a couple of drinks, and he recounted a tale wherein he went to his nephew and niece’s Manhattan apartment to say a prayer since the place was haunted. While saying the prayer dishes literally began flying through the place, with one almost striking the writer.

    I have heard first-hand stories from many firefighters–men not given to embellishing, or wanting to seek attention to themselves–of ghostly experiences or poltergeist experiences at firehouses.

    So, the point being, go to confession!

  7. Weetabix says:

    A protestant friend once asked me why we do penance. He asked if it were a way of buying God’s forgiveness. I know it’s not, but I don’t know how to answer his question.

    Any help?

  8. capebretoner says:

    “If there is one thing you do this weekend–besides going to confession and mass–please, please order a copy of Hungry Souls – Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings from Purgatory. Being forewarned might literally save your soul, or the soul of a loved one.”

    I second that! Well worth reading!

  9. APX says:

    @Weetabix
    To help make up for the damage our sins cause and to help increase our placement in heaven.

  10. inara says:

    @Weetabix ~ I know this is an over-used example, but maybe your Protestant friend hasn’t heard it: If you are angry at your neighbor & decide to throw a baseball through his window (sin), then you later feel badly about it (repent) & ask his forgiveness (confession), even if he forgives you (absolution), you should still buy him a new window (penance).

  11. ContraMundum says:

    @inara

    What? Why, next you’ll say I shouldn’t make a habit of standing in the yard with a ball in my hand, gazing longingly at his oh-so-breakable window!