Examples of Brief Confessions of Sinfulness
Note: the following examples are made up to show one aspect of confession- that is, the confessing of sinfulness as an attitude. The examples also show characteristic attitudes, different in each person. Any one of the following could be a complete confession supposing there is no (other) mortal sinfulness.
- I have been angry at all my troubles and I let myself be very sarcastic to people I work with and live with...
- I am so concerned with getting material things and keeping up my status in the eyes of those I associate with that I have too little time for noticing the needs of others.
- I take delight in and I take pleasure in learning of and broadcasting the faults of those whose ideas...I do not like.
- I cause great inconvenience to others by a sloppy and unplanned way of doing things, making them wait, spoiling their plans, ignoring their needs.
- I realize I am taking a roundabout revenge on others by my remarks about them, even in joking...
- I let my depression and my temper, and my moods affect others by giving into my feelings and...
- I am causing trouble in my group by trying to dominate, by making all the decisions, by not listening to anyone, thinking I am always right...
- I refuse to take responsibility for my mistakes; I always find someone to blame other than myself.
- I allow a spirit of bitterness, complaining, self-pity to possess me and thus I don't do others any good...
- I am very stubborn and domineering. If I am blocked by anyone for any reason, I immediately lose my temper and retaliate.
- I continually make myself the hero and center of every conversation.
- I am present at Mass physically, but my participation is half-hearted and spiritless...
- I almost never pray...
- I cause unnecessary pain to those in authority by being closed, secretive, and underhanded...
- I show little forgiveness or compassion toward others when they have need for sympathy.
- I show little consideration for others by being late for meals, prayers, meetings, etc.
- I demand perfection from everyone and tolerate weakness from nobody.
|This is the statue of St. Francis|
that I look at as I am waiting
in line to receive the Sacrament
of Reconciliation at the
"Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church. Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves by healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father's mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as he is merciful" (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1458).
As Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, we receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least every two weeks. I noticed a change in myself for the better when I began this practice as a postulant.