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Pope Francis' Vocation Story and The Sacrament of Reconciliation
"For me, this was an experience of encounter: I found that Someone was waiting for me. Yet I do not know what happened. I can’t remember. I do not know why that particular priest was there, whom I did not know, or why I felt this desire to confess. But the truth is that Someone was waiting for me. He had been waiting for me for some time. After making my confession, I felt something had changed. I was not the same. I had heard something like a voice or a call. I was convinced that I should become a priest." - Pope Francis
Read more about the encounter Pope Francis had with Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation here.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
"Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works." - St. Thomas Aquinas
Here are some resources to help you prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Examination of Conscience Guides
USCCB - Examinations Of Conscience
National Catholic Register - Confession Guide for Adults & Confession Guide for Children
Lifeteen - Forgiveness is Waiting for You: 8 Tips for an Awesome Confession
FOCUS - Examination of Consience for College Students
Knights of Columbus PDF - A Guide to Confession
Acts of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His Name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
"Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy." - St. Isidore of Seville