What do you confess during a catholic confession?

I am going through the RCIA course and have to do a confession. I have no idea what to say during confession or what to confess… Can anyone give me some input and an overveiw of the process of a catholic confession?

1st of all, examine your conscience (before confession)
Decide what sins you need to dump. On one hand don’t be scrupulous, on the other hand be as specific as you can.

Basically what you’ve done that was wrong, and what good you failed to do, and maybe the attitudes behind it all. Don’t just say I am sorry. Be specific without worrying how the priest will react. He’s there to help.

Just know your sins and be truly sorry for them.
After confessing the sins, wrap it up by saying, “I’m sorry for any other sins I might have forgotten.”
When the priest asks you to do so, pray out loud the Act of Forgiveness (sometimes called the Act of Contrition). Some Catholics memorize it. Others, if they are not sure, write it down on a piece of paper and read it; still others make up one by praying from their heart.
Then the priest will give the Absolution. Open up your self to the power of the Holy Spirit. At the end of the absolution prayer, the priest says “I absolve you from your sins, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, . ..” (You bless yourselves as the priest says these words.)
It is then that we believ that your sins are forgiven and your soul will be as clean as it was when you were first baptized!
It feels good to be right with God!
The priest will give you a penance which is a prayer(s) or maybe a good deed to get you started in living a new life. (You pray that penance after you leave the confessional or reconciliation room.
Finally spend some time just thanking the Lord for His forgiveness.

The most important thing is to know your sins and to be truly sorry for them.
Hey, I wish you the best, son. Welcome aboard! Walk in peace with your Savior!
Hope this helps.

Don’t worry about confessing to the priest. If you confess to Jesus he will forgive you – but it’s more important to know that you are born again. Unless you’re born-again, all the Catholic work you put in all your life will not mean a thing. Think about it…why did Jesus die anyway and raise himself from the dead? To free you and forgive you of your sins, to give you new life. If you trust in Him you are already forgiven, friend. Check out my web page on this topic that has Scriptural evidence for what I am saying….

Be yourself….confess those things that you know are on your heart and then do a thorough examination of conscience as outlined in the catechism

see link for a better guide


*** It isn’t punishment nor should it be looked at as such. It is healthy and helpful for us to confess our sins one to another to avoid falling again. In order to turn away fully from sin…we acknowledge and face those things that we need to change about ourselves. Our priest is our spiritual guide not God. He listens to us and when we fall away he guides us back to the flock. Our priest is the human leader of the flock .

I went to Catholic school, and so we had to on occasion go to confession with the priests. They’d usually set up a couple of chairs in the library, and we’d have to line up to go talk to some old guy we’d never seen before.

I always confessed to fighting with my brother – which was true, non-specific, and got me out of there reasonably quickly with a minimum of fuss for both myself and the priest.

Here is a very interesting article to consider WITH your bible. I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. Very good information….

Confession of Sins—Is Something Amiss?
“CONFESSION is a spiritual cleansing, a way to start again, a way to wipe the slate clean. I love going to Confession, telling the priest my sins, having him forgive me and the euphoria that follows.” So says one devout Catholic.—Bless Me, Father, for I Have Sinned.
According to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, “to the priest alone Christ gave or deputed the power of binding and loosing, of forgiving and retaining” sins. The same reference work says that regular confession is meant “to restore the holiness of life forfeited by grievous sin and . . . to purify one’s conscience.” Yet, the moral climate in many lands shows that regular confession does not cause many who practice it to “turn away from what is bad, and do what is good.” (Psalm 34:14) So is something amiss?
Just a Ritual?
Confession may begin as a mere ritual. In Ireland, first confession comes immediately before first Communion. And is it any surprise that a seven-year-old girl would think more about the pretty, miniature bride’s dress she will wear than about ‘restoring the holiness of life forfeited by grievous sin’?
“The thing that excited me the most was the dress, besides getting money from my relatives,” admits Ramona, who made her first confession when she was seven. “Among all the girls I knew,” she goes on, “there was no spiritual feeling. None of us even thought about God at the time.”
In fact, obliging young children to confess sins regularly can lead to mechanical recitation. “I just used the same lines over and over again,” says Michael, who also began the practice of confession as a seven-year-old.
Comments of some Catholics quoted in the book Bless Me, Father, for I Have Sinned show that confession had little spiritual value for them even after they got older. “Confession teaches you to lie, because there are some things you just can’t bring yourself to tell the priest,” admitted one person. Lack of consistency among priests might be exploited for minimum penance. Some searched for a “good” confessor to get the counsel they wanted to hear. “After shopping around for three months, I found my confessor. I see him every month, face-to-face in the reconciliation room, and he’s terrific,” said one young woman. “If you were smart, you found a priest who was deaf and spoke no English except the words ‘three Hail Marys,’” said another Catholic.
Evidently, then, something is amiss with confession as practiced by certain people. But the Bible indicates that there is a need to confess sins, for it says: “No one who conceals his sins will prosper, whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.”—Proverbs 28:13, The New Jerusalem Bible.

You’re wasting your time. No MORTAL man can absolve you of sin. A priest does not represent the God of the Bible. you should only confess to Jesus. Please wake up.

When I was 9 I said that “I hit my brother in the face”. Every time.

you confess everything you’ve done wrong.

That is taught in RCIA.

You confess to the priest your sins…..but you can confess to God directly.
Then the priest gives you penance to do….but you don’t have to do that either, because Jesus took the punishment for you.

Catholics confess their sins. (To a priest)
No offense but God already knows your sins, why should the priest?

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