7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn: Afterword: Change Your Oil!
- Don’t just “go” to confession; go a lot!
- Don’t just go thinking about sin. Go with the consciousness of the things that we’ve seen here: Go for grace. Go to grow.
- Don’t just go when you “need to” because you have committed serious sin. Go often for the grace that will help you avoid sin.
- Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church.
- The regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ, and progress in the life of the Spirit.
- By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as He is merciful.
- Confession should be an oil change.
Bonus Secret: Don’t Forget the Hor D’oeuvres
- Give it to Mary. She is the Mother of Divine Mercy. Ask her to help you make a good confession and intercede for you for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and to accompany with you into the confessional.
- Pray for your confessor. Even though he has consecrated his life to God and has been set apart to act in persona Christi; he’s still human.
- Examine conscience. There are many resources out there that can help.
- Confession Psalms-51, 103, 130