Updated by Mary Bowen on March 17, 2020
There are many reasons for families to go to monthly confession. You will quickly find that your family is more peaceful and harmonious. Every member will be receiving more graces and growing more holy.
Monthly confession produces a family that gets along with one another in peace and harmony. That equals family fun!
Before confession each member of the family promises never to sin again which results in whole families trying never to offend God. By cutting out sin in a home harmony and peace are achieved.
The graces received through monthly confession forges families that lead holier lives. By trying never to sin again each individual family member is leading a holy life.
Moreover, by making a monthly confession, one realizes the sins he commits repeatedly. Seeing this, he can change his ways and practice virtues.
So let's say you went to confession and your sins were circling the deadly sin of Pride. Your take home for that month is to practice humility. By intimating monthly confession your family will have family fun in family activities.
Well, the answer is that maybe you haven’t yet followed the five simple, kindergarten easy steps to a good confession.
The steps to the right are so easy that a three year old could memorize them.
It’s that easy! All you need to do is follow these simple steps, and monthly confession will make it easier.
Now let’s go over the steps in more detail...
"I Am the Lord thy God. The God that brought thee out of the Land of Egypt and out of the house of bondage...
Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them."
After the elderly lady leaves to confessional you go in next. You enter and close the door. You are in a dark room - alone with your sins.
The dark room represents your soul in the state of sin. You feel for the kneeler and kneel down. Suddenly blinding light streams into the black room.
It takes a minute for your eyes to get accustomed to the light. The light represents the light of grace coming into the soul.
The priest makes the sign of the cross. You stagger out:
“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been ______ since my last confession. I am a ______(adult, child, husband, wife, ext.) I accuse myself of the following sins.”
Then begin to list your sins telling mortal sins first and the number of times you committed them.
If you ever have a doubt if anything is a sin, ask the priest. He is your best friend on earth. For it is he who gives you Our Lord in Holy Communion. It is he who absolves you of your sins. And without the help of the priest who would give you last rights?
The man behind that curtain has spent seven years in a seminary to help you. Feel free to ask him any questions. Remember, the priest would rather die than tell others what he has heard in the confessional.
“For these sins and for all the sins of my past life, already forgiven or forgotten, I ask pardon of God for them.”
The priest will tell you to say the Act of Contrition while he absolves you. After the Act of Contrition you are done with your confession.
Remember this whole process will become easier as you continue the practice of monthly confession.
For offending the Almighty, All Powerful God, all He asks of you is to do penance for your sins by saying a few prayers.
In the confessional the priest will tell you to say a certain amount of prayers. Remember to thank the priest as you leave the confessional.
Go into a pew and say your penance and a few other prayers at least to thank God for the great mercy He has shown you.
That wasn’t so bad. In fact the more often you go to monthly confession the easier it will become.
Monthly confession make your family grow in holiness paving the way for more satisfying family fun thus creating a more peaceful and harmonious home atmosphere.
Thank you for your time in reading this. I hope it helped and answered any questions you had about the practice of monthly confessions.
Mary Bowen is a founding member of industriousfamily.com. Not only is she our resident artist but she is also a choir director, GAPS dessert guru, Angora lover, and director at Industrious Family Films. Always cheerful and optimistic, Mary loves sharing her gifts with others. She has walked the Chartes pilgrimages twice and hopes to go as often as is realistic. Her first movie, Outlaws of Ravenhurst premiered in 2018.
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