Sunday, March 15, 2009

Information to help in Preparing for Confession


Here are links to guides to help you prepare for a good confession.
Scripture passages
Questions related to the Ten Commandments.

Two or three weeks before going to your Spiritual Father, sit down in a place of quietude, bowing your head, examine your conscience....
Consider how many sins you committed in deed, word, and by coupling with thoughts, after your last confession,... remember the people with whom you sinned and the places where you sinned, and diligently reflect upon these to find every one of your sins....
You should not be satisfied with merely examining your conscience and finding your sins, for this profits you little, but struggle by every means to kill your sins through grief in your heart, namely through contrition and affliction....

"When our soul leaves this world we shall not be blamed for not having worked miracles, or for not having been theologians, or not having been rapt in divine visions. But we shall certainly have to give an account to God of why we have not unceasingly mourned." (Saint John of the Ladder step 7) For this reason we sinners must daily, if not hourly, examine ourselves, if we are in the true state of repentance. And if we suppose that we practiced other virtues and good works with the help of Jesus Christ that day, we must still, however, always remember the virtue of repentance and never forget it....

It is necessary for all Christians to be healed of the passions and wounds of sin, and then also to keep all of the commandments of the Lord and to perform every virtue....
Let us be completely healed of the wounds and ailments of sin through the commandment and virtue of repentance. For if we die healthy and healed of passions and sins through repentance, we will go to the kingdom of heaven. But if we die unhealed, sick, and crippled through unrepentance we will go to Hades. For the kingdom of heaven is not a hospital and an infirmary which receives the sick and the crippled, but is a home and palace which receives the healthy and strong.

From Exomologetarion: A Manual of Confession by Nikodemos the Hagiorite.

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