How to Make a Good Confession

I came across a link on Twitter the other day and wanted to share it with you. It’s Father Z’s 20 Tips for making How to Make a Good Confessiona good confession.

Confession is a sadly misunderstood sacrament within and without the Catholic Church. It’s such a shame, too. The Sacrament of Confession (now widely known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation) is a tremendous gift from God to the Church.

I remember years ago reading in the book Pierced by a Sword (aff link) confession being described as “whispering into the ears of Jesus.” And, in faith, we know that is exactly what confession is. When we confess our sins we are whispering (or talking) to God through the priest, who is an instrument of God’s grace.

From personal experience, I can say that Confession is a very powerful and healing sacrament. I have often been deeply touched by God’s grace in the confessional and always come out strengthened in faith and ready to do battle for the Lord.

Anyhoo, getting back on point: Father Z offers very practical tips, from waiting in line patiently to how to confess any mortal sins. Do take a moment to check those tips out. 🙂


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  1. Sometimes I write down on paper what I want to confess so I’m sure not to leave anything out. Plus at my parish confession is a mob scene, so having a ready list minimizes the “umm, and” factor.
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  2. SimpleCatholic says

    That’s a good idea,kkollwitz.

    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. I’ve never felt the need to make a list, as I’ve usually gone over in my mind multiple times what I plan to say, but for some people it may be a good idea. In fact, our pastor has said he’s encountered people who would actually bring a list into the confessional. Whatever works for you!

    I’ve only been Catholic for about 3 years, and I still feel some nervousness/discomfort in going to confession. I know I shouldn’t, but it’s something I’m still getting used to!


  4. SimpleCatholic says

    Evan, I’ve been Catholic all my life and I still get nervous sometimes when I go to confession; especially when it’s to a priest I don’t know. lol!

  5. Interesting list, from the perspective of a confessor. I’m guilty of the “struggles with” thing…although when I say it, I mean that it is a sin that has happened multiple times.

  6. SimpleCatholic says

    Hi Kathleen,

    I’m right there with ya on the “struggles with” thing! 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by!

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