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QUAERITUR: Do I have to add details when I confess sins?

From a reader: In confessing a sin is it necessary to describe (giving some details of) the sin rather than merely indicating the name (species) of the sin? You don’t have to go into great detail, but you ought to … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on the Sacrament of Penance

Pope Francis in Rio, spoke to young people at the Copacabana beach. Inter alia, dixit: Dear young people: “Put on Christ” in your lives. In these days, Christ awaits you in his word; listen carefully to him and your heart … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Priest asked me to say Act of Contrition after getting out of the confessional

From a reader: During Confession, the parochial vicar at my parish insists that I say the Act of Contrition after absolution, when I have left the confessional. So I say it in the pew prior to doing my penance. I … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Confessional etiquette

From a reader: When going to confession, if you know the priest is a Monsignor (name plate on confessional) would you begin, “Forgive me, Monsignor, for I have sinned,” or stay with the simple, “Forgive me, Father, for I have … Continue reading

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Pope Francis heard confessions in a parish before Mass

On several occasions Pope Francis has spoken about the importance of the Sacrament of Penance. Remember: Our Lord Himself established the Sacrament of Penance.  This is the ordinary means by which JESUS desires you to ask for forgiveness of sins. During … Continue reading

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Disasters, Death, and You

Terrible things happen to people through natural disasters or attacks or human error. We now see the images virtually in real time splashed on our screens. Misery, loss, pain come in the blink of an eye to people who, the … Continue reading

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READER FEEDBACK: Going to confession and first Traditional Latin Mass

From a reader down-under: Thank you for the work you do as I have learnt much from your blog. I have been to Confession twice recently, having put it off until the constant encouragement from you helped me to go. … Continue reading

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“My wife returned to confession last night for the first time in over a decade…”

From a reader: I wanted to share with you my great joys. My wife returned to confession last night for the first time in over a decade, and only the third time ever. On Saturday evening, I will be baptized and received … Continue reading

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” After a 16 year absence I returned to the Sacrament of Holy Confession this evening.”

From a reader in my email: Message: Dear Fr. Z, My sincere thanks and gratitude to you for your ministry. After a 16 year absence I returned to the Sacrament of Holy Confession for the first time this evening. After … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Billboards for CONFESSION! Promoted by which bishop?

I think the world of Bp. Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa. He initiated a liturgical renewal in the diocese, he has been supportive of the Clear Creek Monastery, he sponsored workshops for exorcists. A few more bishops like this … Continue reading

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After confessing, a young reader asked priest to use the proper form of absolution…

From a young reader: I’m a teen going to a Catholic highschool in ____. I’m used to relaxed priests who bend the red and change the black. I usually am charitable and celebrate the basic validity of sacraments I receive from them. … Continue reading

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Have you made your good confession yet? Fr. Z’s 20 Tips.

Lent is a time for introspection and conversion. Has it been a while since you have made a good confession? Here are some tips. Fr. Z’s 20 Tips For Making A Good Confession o{]:¬) We should… 1) …examine our consciences regularly … Continue reading

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A priest on hearing confessions for three hours

I don’t know if I have mentioned it lately but… GO TO CONFESSION! For that to be possible priests have to get into the box and hear confessions. To this end, I point you to an amusing post by Fr. … Continue reading

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From xkcd: GO TO CONFESSION!

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An examination of conscience to help make a better confession by a really sound priest

Last year I posted about some sheets developed by my friend the great Fr. Finigan, His Hermeneuticalness, to help people with an examination of conscience before going to confession.  He made them available at the blog of his parish, Our … Continue reading

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