Thought for the Day – 23 February – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Sacrament of Penance
“We should confess our sins humbly and sincerely.
We are obliged to confess at least all the mortal sins which we have committed after Baptism and have never included in a previous good confession.
We should prepare for the Sacrament by making a careful examination of conscience in the presence of God.
When we kneel before our Confessor, we should remember that, even though he is only a man like ourselves, he is the representative of God.
We should confess at least our mortal sins in a clear and exact manner.
Whenever possible, we should confess deliberate venial sins in order to be sure of obtaining forgiveness for them.
It is very necessary to be sincerely sorry for our sins and to be firmly resolved never to commit them again, with the help of divine grace.
Perfect contrition, which stems from a pure and disinterested act of love for God, is not necessary.
Attrition is sufficient, that is, imperfect sorrow which springs from a lower supernatural motive, such as the fear of hell, the hideousness of sin, insofar, as it is an offence against God, or the loss of eternal happiness.
Let us examine ourselves to ensure that we fulfil all the ncessary conditions in our Convession.”