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How to
confess well

Under the title of “How to confess well” the Cardinal Angelo Comastri has placed a path for the examination of conscience, that takes into consideration the life in the modern world. Let’s run to the source of Misericordy! The Holy Father has pointed out three spiritual goals to be reached for an authentic and genuine Christian life. Let’s see them! 1. The sacramental confession, as a sign of conversion; 2. The fidelity to the Sunday, Day of the Lord and of the Man; 3. The solidarity towards our brothers, especially with deeds of charity towards those in need.



 
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BEGINNING PRAYER

Receive me into Your Heart, Jesus! For my redemption, You became Man, You died and You resurrected: Your Misericordy is my hope. Forgive me, My Lord, I have sinned much!

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EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

Jesus says in the Gospel:

“Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
The truth shall make you free”

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart"

-  Am I a Christian in my everyday life or ….just on the paper?

- Is my faith genuine ad industrious o just… an appearance?
- Am I superstitious? Do I believe in magic?

- When do I pray? Only in need - hen “money and health” are going bad – or always?

- Do I curse or swear against God, the Virgin, the Saints and the Holy Things?
 
- Do I take part with devotion to the festive Mass, to the Sacrament of Eucharist, to the penitence and to the Catechism?

- Do I speak badly of the Catholic religion, of the Church, of the Pope?

- Are the money, the wellbeing, the carrier, the success, the fun, more important to me than God and the eternal salvation?

"That ye love one another; as I have loved you"

- The Gospel teaches us that it is impossible to love God without loving our brothers. Do I believe that?

- As a son/daughter, am I obedient and respectful towards my parents, grandparents, sisters/brothers and relatives?

- As a fiancé/ée, am I seriously preparing to the wedding, praying together with my partner and living the chastity as an education of the heart to the true and faithful love?

- As a parent, do I worry about the human and Christian education of my children? Do I give them a good example? Do I find some time to spend with them and to pray with them?

- As a husband/wife, am I faithful to the marriage and family’s duties? Am I open to dialogue? Am I patient? Am I able to forgive and to feel sorry for the others, or to understand the others’ limits and faults?

- Do I love the others, following the steps of Jesus? Is it likely for me to criticize the others, to calumny, to envy, to be jealous, and to domineer upon the others?

- As an employer/employee, am I rightful, honest, and respectful of the rights?

- Did I respect the others’ life?

- Did I do abortion or suggest it to someone?

- Did I steal?

- Did I cheat?

- Did I damage public or private belongings?

- Do I drive carefully, respected my and others’ life?


DUTIES TOWARDS MYSELF

- Do I ever wonder, in front of the Lord, what He asks me, and which is my vocation?

- Do I care about my spiritual life with the daily prayer, with the reading of the Gospel and with the hearing of God’s Word?

- Do I take part attentively and with sense of duty to the community life either on the parish or the diocese level?

- How do I use the time and the precious gifts received by God? 

- Do I engage myself and my time for the others or for the weakest people?

- Do I preserve my heart, my thoughts and my body pure?

- Do I maintain pure my thoughts and desires?

- Do I scandalize others with my behaviour?

- Do I read/watch indecent books, TV shows, internet sites?

- Do I exaggerate in eating, drinking or smoking? Do I use drugs? Do I gamble?

- As a citizen and a Christian, do I attend to all my political and social duties? Do I pay taxes? Do I respect the environment? What else does my conscience reprove me?

CONCLUSIONACT OF CONTRICTION

O MY GOD, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell; 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 confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

If you have recited the Conclusionact of Contriction in your preparation, it is not necessary to repeat it during the confession.

The confession path

The priest welcomes you and gives you a blessing. Then you confess your sins with simplicity, humility, clearness and repentance. The priest will address you some orientating and hopeful words. At the end he will give you the absolution for all your sins and he will give you a "penitence". You may ask the priest  some advices and may be a guide for you in your Christian life. Let’s have just one precaution: maybe, queuing outside the confessional will be other people waiting and eager as you are to have the same amount of time to confess.

Translation by
Dr. Francesca Ceccarini

AS VIAS DO ESPIRITO

Como devemos evitar as palavras inúteis.

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Como devemos evitar
 as palavras inúteis.


 Evita, quanto possivel,o bulício do mundo: porque, por mais reta que seja a intenção, é sempre inconveniênte tratar de coisas mundanas.Bem depressa nos deixamos inclinar e vencer pela vaidade.Quisera eu, muitas vezes, ter calado e não me haver achado entre os homens.Por que razão, porém, tanto nos apraz falar e confabular se, raramente, voltamos ao silêncio sem dano para a consciência ?
 

THE WAYS OF THE SPIRIT

RINGRAZIARE DIO SEMPRE

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RINGRAZIARE DIO SEMPRE

Una riflessione

Dobbiamo ringraziare sempre Dio di ogni cosa che ci dona, San Paolo ce lo esorta sempre.  Tutto ci é stato donato e noi consideriamo poco il fatto che ogni cosa é un dono. Diamo troppo per scontata ogni cosa e purtroppo l'abitudine cancella in noi la tendenza a riconoscere e ringraziare Dio, l'artefice di tutto.  Questa tendenza al ringraziamento trasformerebbe i nostri cuori nella vera pace che solo il Signore ci puó dare. Avere un cuore pieno di riconoscenza per il Creatore Padre sarebbe un buon principio di conversione, ma difficilmente riusciamo a capirlo.

 

LOS CAMINOS DEL ESPIRITU

¿QUÉ DIGO, SEÑOR?


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¿QUÉ DIGO, SEÑOR?

¿Qué decir sobre Ti, si, Tú sabes que yo sé muy poco?
¿Qué decir de tu vida, si yo prefiero llevar la mía?
¿Qué decir de tus Palabras, si estoy sordo a ellas?
¿Qué decir de tus misterios, si no me los creo?
¿Qué decir de tu Evangelio, si no me molesto en abrirlo?
¿QUÉ DIGO, SEÑOR, SOBRE TI?
¿Qué decir de tu historia, cuando prefiero cualquier otra novela?
¿Qué decir de tu mensaje, cuando prefiero otras cuñas publicitarias?
¿Qué decir de tus caminos, cuando elijo senderos menos comprometidos?
¿Qué decir de tus enseñanzas, cuando soy tan poco aplicado contigo?
¿Qué decir de tus miradas, cuando miro hacia otro lado?


WEGE DES GEISTES

LO SCANDALO DELLA CROCE

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LO SCANDALO DELLA CROCE


Una riflessione


San Luca pone il secondo annuncio della Passione del Nostro Signore dopo l'episodio centrale della trasfigurazione e della guarigione dell'epilettico.  Dopo la gloria del Tabor ecco che Gesú ripropone il suo Mistero della Croce. É un insegnamento forte e di difficile comprensione da parte dei discepoli. Lo scandalo della croce che ci propone San Paolo nei suoi scritti si associa alla glorificazione del Figlio dell'Uomo che troviamo nel Vangelo di San Giovanni.

Preghiere

PREGHIERA : CHIEDETE E VI SARÁ DATO

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PREGHIERA : CHIEDETE E VI SARÁ DATO

Una riflessione
Spesso l'evangelista Luca inquadra Gesú che prega: é l'insegnamento piú valido. Non siamo davanti la preghiera dei farisei o dei discepoli di Giovannni Battista . Gesú s'inspira in quei contenuti, ma alla base c’ é la fiducia del Padre che è  il fondamento stesso della preghiera. Rispetto a Matteo , Luca insegna il Pater con cinque petizioni ( invece sono sette in Matteo) le prime due sono rivolte al Padre, le ultime tre manifestano la necessitá fondamentale dell'uomo. Egli chiama Dio  Padre , Cioé "Abbá" e con lui ha un rapporto filiale e tenero: é il Dio vicino e il suo volto é Gesú stesso.