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Pope Francis: Jesus Embraces You in Confession
"It is not easy to entrust oneself to God's mercy, because it is an abyss beyond our comprehension. But we must! ... "Oh, I am a great sinner!" "All the better! Go to Jesus: He likes you to tell him these things!" He forgets, He has a very special capacity for forgetting. He forgets, He kisses you, He embraces you and He simply says to you: "Neither do I condemn you; go, and sin no more" (Jn 8:11).
— Pope Francis, Homily on March 17, 2013
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
"Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but especially from those who are the guides of our souls."
- St. Francis de Sales
In His Name, my God, have mercy.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
I firmly intend, with your help,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
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.