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HOW TO GO TO CONFESSION

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What exactly is Confessing? If a human being is in dire need of personal, mental, or spiritual development, he or she may seek advice from a Confessor. A Confessor is a religious person who goes to the church to seek out guidance on one’s spiritual quest. He or she will listen carefully to the Word of God and then give sincere answers. While most people would seek the advice of a priest, there are many individuals who would rather consult a minister of their own faith, such as Catholic priests.

hOW TO PREPARE FOR A CONFESSION IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

There are three main things that a Catholic priest will cover during a confession.

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In First Part, the priest will tell the individual about his or her sins. The sin to be confessed may range from committing adultery to being unfaithful in holy communion. The individual will be given the opportunity to amend his or her ways by confessing the fault. In addition to confessing one’s sins, the priest will also share the good news of the grace of Christ. This news includes the reality of the salvation that the whole human race has been given through Christ.

The second part of the confession involves talking about the events that occurred leading up to the event. These events may include how the sin was committed and the actual event itself. The priest may talk about how one became a Catholic, how he or she has changed, the deprivation that the individual had experienced, the sense of shame that the unworthiness had created, and other important things. The commandment in our faith says that we should be told all these things; the purpose of this commandment is to allow the Church to build and progress a new life for everyone.

Lastly, after telling all the sins that you have committed, the priest will ask you to state whether or not you have accepted Christ into your life. The last part of the confession is what gives the priest a summary of the events that took place leading up to your admission of guilt. The priest will then dismiss you and begin another case of people asking how they can enter into the Catholic Church.

How to go to confession is not something that needs to be explained to anyone. People know when they are ready to confess their sins. We should all have the proper tools necessary to communicate to God, especially in the most basic way. When we have the proper tools and the proper information, we will be able to come up with an answer for the priest when he asks us how we are doing. With these questions we will be able to enter into God’s kingdom with certainty.

We need to be aware of how to go to confession so that we can get into God and not stay in a temporary life. We need to know that we are going to be judged and that the dispositions we have placed upon ourselves should not stand against the opportunities that may come our way in the future. When we receive an opportunity to go to confession and truly make declarations of our faith, we should take full advantage of it. In the past, inquisitive inquisitors used to question those who were entering into the Catholic Church.

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21st Century Catholic Evangelization brought to you by the Evangelization Committee of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership