|id||Confession: quick ideas about Confession. Examples of venial and mortal sins. How to make a good Confession. Effects of Confession.|
1. What effects does sinning have? Summarising what is written in the section on sin it can be argued that there are two main effects of sinning:
3. Examples of mortal or grave sins? One commits a mortal sin when he or she consciously carries out grossly evil deeds. Some examples are: to insult God, to not go to Mass on Sunday, to commit impure sexual acts, to get drunk or to use drugs, etc.
4. How are we forgiven? So that Our Lord can forgive our offences we must carry out what he himself has provided. Jesus Christ established the sacrament of Confession precisely for this.
5. Can I just ask God for forgiveness alone? It is indeed good to ask God for forgiveness frequently and God can indeed forgive any sins he wants to. However, He has said that he will only forgive sins if a priest forgives them too: “If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” (Jn 20, 23).
6. What effects does the sacrament of Confession produce? There are several effects, most linked to those same effects of sin:
8. Any more conditions? The main idea is that it is asking God for forgiveness and so the main condition is for you to be regretful. This will mean that you are determined not to fall again.
9. What if someone thinks that he or she will fall again? To go to confession, it is not necessary to guess the future but in fact have the firm intention (right now) not to sin again.
10. Is it possible to just confess certain sins but not regret others? It is necessary to regret and say all mortal sins as just one of them can prevent grace entering and thwart healing in your soul.
11. What should you do after Confession? It is a good idea to thank God for forgiving us once again. Without the sacrament of Confession our life would be miserable and hopeless.