30. Conditions for a correct confession
1. Conditions for a good confession
To make a good confession five things are needed:
- Examination of conscience: to remember the sins commited since our last confession and telling them to the priest who is confessing us.
- Sorrow for sins: to be sad in our souls for offending God and ask forgiveness.
- Purpose of amendment: to be confident of not commit these sins again.
- To tell about our sins to our confessor: telling to the priest, in a clear way, the sins remembered during the exam.
- To fulfill a penance: doing what the priest ordered us, like a prayer, a sacrifize, an alms...
EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
It consists on remember mortal and venial sins comitted since our last confession. We can think in the Ten commandments, the Law of the Church, our duties in study and work or the obligations of our society. In regarding mortal sins, we must say their number and circumstances.