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Unformatted text preview: sin to be mortal, three conditions
must be present: serious matter, full knowledge of the evil act, and full consent of the will.
Mortal sin completely separates us from God. Venial sin is breaking a commandment in a
less serious matter that hurts our friendship with Jesus.
(CCC 1855, 1857, 1855-1864, 1455- 1458). 5. The guaranteed way to be reconciled with God after committing a mortal sin is the
Sacrament of Reconciliation. When we are sorry and seek forgiveness through the
Sacrament of Reconciliation, God forgives us. Contrition involves both sorrow for sin and a
firm commitment not to sin again. (CCC 1496-1497, 1451, 1456) 6. A priest can never reveal what is heard in confession. There is no exception. This is called
the sacramental seal of Confession. (CCC 1467) 7. Five steps to make a good confession: (CCC 1491-94)
1) Pray to the Holy Spirit to help me know my sins (examination of conscience) (CCC
2) Pray to the Holy Spirit for the grace to be sorry for my sins
(CCC 1448, 1451)
3) Make up my mind not to sin again (contrition) (CCC 1448, 1451)
Contrition involves both sorrow for sin and a firm purpose to change.
4) Go to confession:
a) Make the Sign of the Cross.
b) Tell my sins to the priest. (Each mortal sin must be confessed trying to
remember the number of times the sin was committed).
(CCC 1448, 1495, 1456)
c) Listen to the guidance of the priest to help me break sinful habits.
d) Pray the Act of Contrition with true sorrow and a firm purpose to change.
e) Prayerfully listen to the words of absolution:
God, the Father of mercies, through the death and the resurrection of His Son
has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the
forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God grant you August 6th, 2005
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pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (CCC 1449)
5) After leaving the confessional, pray or do the penance the priest gives you and thank
God for forgiving your sins. The penance given by the priest is an act such as a prayer
or an act of charity whereby the sinner makes amends for sin, especially in reparation to
God. Reparation means to show sorrow to God for offenses against Him.
8. Understand that the Sacrament of Confession / Reconciliation is important for preparing to
receive the other sacraments, especially the Eucharist. We must be in the state of grace to
receive the Holy Eucharist. (CCC 1415, 1421, 1468-1470) 9. Mother Church encourages us, especially parents taking their children, to frequent the
Sacrament of Confession. This helps us to be purified, strengthened, and enlightened to live
the Christian life. The longer we stay away from the Sacrament of Confession, the more we
think we do not sin. 10. We are obliged to confess serious sins at least once a year. Confession of venial sins is
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