Confession & Lent
The person who knows how to acknowledge the truth of guilt, and asks Christ for forgiveness, enhances his own human dignity and manifests spiritual greatness. Because of Christ’s love and mercy, there is no sin that is too great to be forgiven; there is no sinner who will be rejected. Every person who repents will be received by Jesus Christ with forgiveness and immense love. ~Pope John Paul II on a visit to Ireland, September 29, 1979
Confessing THE SAME Sins EVERYTIME
There is a popular expression that says, “Be patient. God isn’t finished with me yet!” Growing in faith and holiness is an ongoing, life-long project, and our struggle with sin is at the heart of it. As St. Paul says, the good he intends to do, he does not do. The evil he does not intend, he does! When we confess our sins, we are to come with a fully contrite heart. Reflect on your true feelings toward your actions before approaching the sacrament. After confession, pray for perseverance to avoid those same sins. Seek strength through multiple sacraments, charitable work, and personal sacrifice. AND avoid occasions of sin when you might fail or be sorely tempted. Remind yourself daily that it is a spiritual war we wage, and with God’s grace through the sacraments, we will succeed.
Our purpose of amendment should include a resolve to advance, not only to avoid sin. -St Pope John Paul II
Resolutions for Spiritual Growth
- Make a daily examination of conscience.
- Read and reflect on Scripture for 5 minutes each day.
- Study a book of Christian Doctrine for one-half hour each week.
- Strive to have more order in the way I work or study.
- Smile more around the home.
- Get to know better the people I study, work and socialize with
- Perform one act of self-denial each day for the love of God.
- Spend some time each week doing some act of service to those most in need.
- Attend Mass one extra day during the week.
- Go to confession once a month
Act of Contrition (at the end of Confession)
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
Confession time at St. Elizabeth Seton
Tuesday Evenings from 6:00-6:45pm
Saturdays from 3:00-3:45pm (Eng)