Sacrament of Reconciliation
"Come to me all who labor and are heavy burdened,
for I shall give you rest."
Entering into the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confession is not difficult. Yet, if we want to experience the sacrament in the most profound way, we must prepare by placing ourselves in the presence of God and praying for the wisdom, insight and humility to reflect honestly on our life.
Catholics seek healing and forgiveness through repentance and a resolve to change those parts of their lives that do not foster relationship with God and God's people. This reflection should involve searching one's thoughts, words and actions - an examination of conscience.
Examining one's conscience
- begins with prayer, asking for God's help;
- reviews one's life, perhaps with the help of the suggested questions;
- expresses to God one's sincere sorrow for having thought or acted in a way that hurt one's relationship with God.
What would your answers be to these questions...
- Do I nurture my relationship with God by praying everyday?
- Do I thank God for His blessings?
- Do I turn to God only when I want something or want to complain?
- Do I appreciate and praise God for the beauty of Creation?
- Did I put my faith in danger by engaging in acts that I know to be contrary to the teachings of Christ?
- Did I disrespect God by using His name in disrespectful ways?
- Did I fully participate in the prayer of the Catholic community by attending Sunday liturgy and being attentive?
- Did I ignore the wisdom of respected authorities?
- Did I hate or speak to anyone in an unreasonably disrespectful way?
- Did I desire revenge or refuse to forgive?
- Did I get drunk, take illicit drugs or do anything that was potentially harmful to my physical well being?
- Did I disrespect the gift of my sexuality or do anything that was demeaning to my own or another's dignity as a beloved child of God?
- Have I entertained jealousy or envied others?
- Have I damaged another's reputation by gossiping or revealing confidences?
- Have I been accepting of myself in a truly loving way, humbly acknowledging both my gifts and limitations?
Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
Reconciliation is is available Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. and by appointment. The chapel is open to all for reflection and prayer.