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How do you make a good Catholic confession?

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The elements for making a good Catholic confession include wanting to be in God's favor, recognizing the sins and being truly sorry for committing them. Based on the beliefs of the Catholic Church, there are two types of sins: mortal and venial.

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A confession, also called Penance and Reconciliation, is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. The Sacrament of Penance has four parts, which are contrition, confession, penance and absolution. Contrition is being truly sorry for one’s sins and being genuinely sorry for offending God. Forgiveness can only be granted if an individual is honestly sorry for committing his sins and is committed to not repeating those sins. Confession is the step in which an individual confronts his sins by confessing them to a priest. Penance is part of the process of healing and making amends for the sins committed. Absolution is the final part of the process. The priest absolves an individual from his sins and reunites him with God. As of 2014, the Catholic Church states that Catholics are required to receive Penance a minimum of once a year. Catholics have the choice of going to Penance face-to-face or behind a screen. Priests can never repeat what an individual discloses in a confession. Catholic Churches offer the Sacrament of Penance throughout the year.

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