“Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422
- Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance – Has it been a little while since your last confession? This guide from the USCCB will help walk you through the sacrament.
- Try it, you’ll like it: A Confession about Confession (pdf)- An article from the USCCB on the many benefits to frequent reception of the sacrament of penance.
- More resources on the sacrament of penance from the USCCB
Examinations of Conscience
Before celebrating the sacrament of penance, one should prepare oneself with an examination of conscience, which involves reflecting prayerfully on one’s thoughts, words, and deeds. These resources provide questions which may be helpful in identifying sins to confess.