Paragraph 1458

1458. Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church.59Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as he is merciful:60

Whoever confesses his sins . . . is already working with God. God indicts your sins; if you also indict them, you are joined with God. Man and sinner are, so to speak, two realities: when you hear “man” – this is what God has made; when you hear “sinner” – this is what man himself has made. Destroy what you have made, so that God may save what he has made …. When you begin to abhor what you have made, it is then that your good works are beginning, since you are accusing yourself of your evil works. the beginning of good works is the confession of evil works. You do the truth and come to the light.61


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

172. Why must the Church proclaim the Gospel to the whole world?

96. What does the “Immaculate Conception” mean?

33. What are the symbols of faith?

287. Why is the Holy Eucharist the paschal banquet?

304. Which sins must be confessed?

53. Why was the world created?

567. What times are more suitable for prayer?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What does the Bible say about idolatry and what is its impact on the lives of God’s people, according to Hosea 4:12-13?

The law of forgiveness: What does the law of forgiveness in Leviticus teach us about God’s mercy and justice? (Leviticus 19:17-18)

How important is courage and boldness according to Proverbs 28:1?

What is meant by the statement that the love of God is revealed in Christ, as mentioned in 2 Timothy 1:9?

How the Annunciation Story Can Inspire Us to Trust God (Luke 1:26-38)

What is the importance of humility and repentance according to the book of Baruch?

How important is Jesus’ resurrection, and what can we learn from his appearance to the disciples?