by Thomas A. Stobie, S.F.O.
Read and pause often to think on what is mentioned and how it applies to your cleansing through Confession.
Meditation on Getting the Most out of Confession
As one who tries to get the most of our confession, I thought I would share my secrets of how to make excellent progress growing towards God through the Sacrament of Confession. These are, in fact, not secrets but are found in the teachings of the Church. In order to get the most out of confession, we must solidly prepare, regularly receive the Sacrament, love God and each other, sincerely thank God for forgiving us, and following through on trying to sin no more. (I do need to get better at doing the everyday things as well). I will address each of these in turn.
I challenge everyone (including myself) to try what I have discussed above, even if you get a lot from each Confession now. Be persistant and these things will become easier and easier to do, and will be better and better done. I assure you that you efforts will be beneficial and that your confessions will be more rewarding, cleansing, and fulfilling.
A True and Persistant Desire to Sin No More brings about a holier life and eternity in Heaven.
Questions and Answers about Confession
O Loving & Merciful God,
We ask You to grant us special graces to enable us to get the most out of each Confession, to inspire us to put a solid effort in preparing for and participating in the Sacrament of Confession, following up with our actions to help us sin no more, and to be filled with the graces of absolution.
We, likewise, ask you to bless those around us with these graces that they too may get the most out of Confession.
We ask you to bless and inspire the priests in their service, that through their service in the confessional, that we may be moved as You desire us to be moved.
We ask for the daily grace of loving more each day that our love may grow closer and closer to Your love.
We thank You for the Sacrament of Confession that allows us to become closer to You and more like You through the cleansing of our soul.
We thank You for all things that we have, the people around us, and the abilities You have granted us.
Meditation by Thomas A. Stobie, SFO © 2006. Permission granted to copy for personal use.
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