Lenten Reading Notes

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni

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

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