Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Year of Faith 12: On The Examination of Conscience

Year of Faith 12: On Examination of Conscience - This is part of the meaningful reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is important because this determines the attitude and intention of the penitent. It is one big step to admit one's sins but it is another big step to be contrite about it. Contrition involves resolution never to commit the sin again in particular and be free anymore from
 any sin in general. It appreciates greatly the loving relationship between God and penitent. Because of that love, the presence of since becomes an abhorrence. Thus, the penitent should see it as an opportunity to reconnect with God. As the Act of Contrition states, "...I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell." Losing heaven means a big loss. Being worthy of it again is a great blessing! The forgiveness of sins come second to the renewal of ties with God. Thus, the feeling and mind-set is not just having been relieved of the sins but more of having regained the favor of God and be renewed or born-again!

Contrition involves the heart and the mind. Heart provides the deep and sincere will to change and mind provides the will to make the decision!

Contrition effects an authentic reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It may not guarantee perfect and lasting change, but it will launch a constant quest to achieve it!

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