From a reader…
Watching the signs of our times and considering my life, I feel God is calling me to make a general Confession. So I set the date for next Tuesday, but I am in need of some resources. Could you explain how to make a good general Confession or send me a link to someone who has already written about it? I have three small children, so I don’t have time to make an Ignatian retreat over the weekend.
A “general confession” involves reviewal of an confession of all the serious sins of one’s life or of a long period of time rather than just the all mortal sins in kind and number since one’s last confession. A general confession is often made before a big move in one’s life.
It is not as if those previously confessed sins need to be absolved again. It is helpful for us, to know ourselves better, where we have been in life, to make a review, especially reflecting on God’s goodness and mercy.
A general confession isn’t to be made all that often. And definitely – because it takes a while – don’t hold up a confessional line. Make an appointment if possible.
You can use a good written examination of conscience to prepare. One of the best that I know of is from my good friend Fr. Tim Finigan. It is detailed enough, but not overly detailed. It is available online: HERE