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Catholic Activity: Practical Suggestions for Christian Living (Penance)


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Here are ways to become aware of your sins and weaknesses so that you are able to grow in holiness.


1. Get into the habit of examining your conscience daily; it helps on confession days.

2. Prepare well before going into the confessional to avoid unnecessary delay.

3. Avoid over-lengthy examination of conscience; it may lead to scrupulosity.

4. Remember, the seal of confession binds the penitent also; you are not permitted to reveal a sin, the confession of which you overheard.

5. Never worry about past confessions; get advice from your confessor when in doubt about any spiritual matter.

6. Keep a regular confessor if at all possible; it makes for a healthier spiritual life.

7. Strive to acquire a delicate conscience by trying to be heartily sorry for all willful sin.

8. Keep conversation regarding this sacrament sacred; never discuss the advice, penance imposed, and the manner of the confessor.

9. Pray frequently for your Father Confessor.

10. Make the best possible use of indulgenced prayers; it lessens your time in purgatory.

11. Bear the trials, pains, and misfortunes of daily life in a spirit of penance and surrender to God's holy will.

12. Mortify your tastes and inclinations in some way each day.

Activity Source: Our Christian Home by Rev. Joseph A. Fischer, Seraphic Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1954

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