3examine our conscience looking back to the time of our last Confession. In fact, whenwe enter the Confessional, we mention that it has been a week or whatever since our lastConfession. In this practice, let us examine back to our last Spiritual Confession.The proper matter for Confession is sin. It is essential to confess each and everymortal sin, so we must be very careful in this regard. While examining our conscience,let us also look at the occasions of our sins and consider how we can eliminate these fromour life. We can look at our habitual sins, and take one and begin applying the remedies.
Rationalization is the attempt to excuse our sin, because of some circumstance,which lessens or even totally excuses the sin. There is no excuse for sin, andrationalization is a very bad habit to get in to! Let us be honest, especially withourselves. It is this lack of honesty, which leads so many souls to hell. Let us look at ourreason, and then put it to the test. If I told this to an honest friend, would he let me getaway with this excuse? If I told this directly to Almighty God, would He accept it? Mostlikely He would not, so we should not either. Remember our goal here is to find our sinsand then resolve to go and sin no more.
In the Act of Perfect Contrition, we must be sorry for our sins, because they are anoffense against Almighty God. Saint Alphonsus says: An act of contrition and of lovemakes us friends of God. And Saint Thomas Aquinas advises us: But when there isreason for urgency, the penitent should fulfill his own part, by being contrite.
Let us read from the Baltimore Catechism (Q766): When will perfect contritionobtain pardon for mortal sin without the Sacrament of Penance? Perfect contrition willobtain pardon for mortal sin without the Sacrament of Penance when we cannot go toconfession, but with the perfect contrition we must have the intention of going toconfession as soon as possible. And in the previous question (765): What is perfectcontrition? Perfect contrition is that which fills us with sorrow and hatred for sin,because it offends God, Who is infinitely good in Himself and worthy of all love.So let us meditate on the results of sin! Jesus suffered and died on the Cross,because of my sins! The Saints tell us to meditate often on the Passion of our Lord JesusChrist. And let us also consider that at the Agony in the Garden, Jesus saw my sins! AndHe sweat blood! Let us excite in ourself true contrition for our sins!
Go Now And Sin No More
Our sorrow for our sin cannot be genuine, if we do not have the firm purpose of amending our lives, as the Catechism tells us. If we have the habit of committingadultery, if we are going to go out with our significant other again next weekend, then we
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