Making a good confession. Last year I made a commitment to go to confession on the first Saturdays of the month for five consecutive months. I started at the beginning of the year, but that bit of information is not really all that important. I hoped to consecrate myself to our Blessed Mother Mary and prayed the rosary daily. I’ll save that thought of consecration for another post but I’ll tell you that I need to try it again.
After my second month of confession, I thought ok, I can do this. I didn’t have that many sins to confess, or so I thought. Before I went back for the third month, I took some time to not only reflect but research what a good confession meant. I found some really good sources and hope to share those with you. If you have any other sources or ideas, they are welcome.
So, here it is. I thought my list of sins would get shorter as I went to confession more often. Quite the opposite occurred. I became more aware of what I was doing to offend God and the need to expand on my list. Each month, some of the same offenses would surface even after I made an effort not to offend again.
And then…I discovered another layer of sins. Asking for forgiveness for hurt I have caused for those sins “known and unknown to me.” UNKNOWN TO ME! Meaning the hurt, stress, and anxiety I have caused to others by something I have said or done without even knowing that I have caused this. Just because I may not be aware of sins I have committed does not mean that I cannot be sorry for those sins. I pray and ask that God reveal to me what is sin, my sin. I can walk around with blinders on and not see what sin is or I can make a conscious effort to know the hurt I cause others so that I can truly avoid that occasion of sin.