Confession = accountabilty?

Why do we find it hard to partake in confession. It is because we find it so hard to admit to ourselves and and our priests that we are failures.

To me it also a matter of feeling the guilt toward so loving a Father,  a father who gave up everyhting for me in the name of love.

We should really resolve to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation often but it is the unresolved guilt that stops us . We Catholics are fortunate to have the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is the ordinary way for us to have our sins forgiven. This sacrament is a powerful help to get rid of our weaknesses, grow in holiness, and lead a balanced and virtuous life. It is how we acknowledge our failling that key.

It is in the end it all about accountability. How are we accountable to God for our action in today society what set us apart?

May be by examining our daily lifes and by asking ourselves the following question we may get answers.

Have God and the pursuit of sanctity in Christ been the goal of my life?
Have I denied my faith?
Have I placed my trust in false teachings or substitutes for God?
Did I despair of God’s mercy?
Here are afew more thought to deepn or thinking.
  1. Have I avoided the profane use of God’s name in my speech?
  2. Have I broken a solemn vow or promise?
  3. Have I honored every Sunday by avoiding unnecessary work, celebrating the Mass (also holydays)? Was I inattentive at, or unnecessarily late for Mass, or did I leave early? Have
  4. I neglected prayer for a long time?
  5. Have I shown Christlike respect to parents, spouse, and family members, legitimate authorities?
  6. Have I been attentive to the religious education and formation of my children?
  7. Have I cared for the bodily health and safety of myself and all others?
  8. Did I abuse drugs or alcohol?
  9. Have I supported in any way abortion, “mercy killing,” or suicide?
  10. Was I impatient, angry, envious, proud, jealous, revengeful, lazy?
  11. Have I forgiven others?
  12. Have I been just in my responsibilities to employer and employees?
  13. Have I discriminated against others because of race or other reasons?
  14. Have I been chaste in thought and word?
  15. Have I used sex only within marriage and while open to procreating life?
  16. Have I given myself sexual gratification?
  17. Did I deliberately look at impure TV, pictures, reading?
  18. Have I stolen anything from another, from my employer, from government?
  19. If so, am I ready to repay it?
  20. Did I fulfill my contracts?
  21. Did I rashly gamble, depriving my family of necessities?
  22. Have I spoken ill of any other person? Have I always told the truth?
  23. Have I kept secrets and confidences?
  24. Have I permitted sexual thoughts about someone to whom I am not married?
  25. Have I desired what belongs to other people?
  26. Have I wished ill on another?
  27. Have I been faithful to sacramental living (Holy Communion and Penance)?
  28. Have I helped make my parish community stronger and holier?
  29. Have I contributed to the support of the Church?
  30. Have I done penance by abstaining and fasting on obligatory days?
  31. Have I fasted before receiving communion?
  32. Have I been mindful of the poor?
  33. Do I accept God’s will for me?

From the bible. 

Matt. 18

A Brother Who Sins Against You

 15“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. 16But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

 18“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

 19“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

 21Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

 22Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

 23“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

 26“The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

 28“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

 29“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’

 30“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.

 32“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

 35“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”


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