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How to Make a Good Confession

If you still drag your feet about going to Confession, here's the help you need to enable you to overcome your reluctance and open your soul to the vast reservoir of mercy found in Confession.

This down-to-earth, practical guide shows you how to transform your confessions from embarrassing moments in a dark room into profound experiences of God's love. The author, Fr. John Kane, provides solid guidelines for how you can (and must) make the most effective possible use of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Even better, he shows you how to carry the grace of Confession into your daily life, so that you'll start winning consistently your battles against sin.

This is a book you can return to again and again in order to renew your sense of God's mercy as well as to gain Fr. Kane's help in examining your conscience and bringing your life into greater conformity with the light of the gospel.

Get Fr. Kane's help to confess well and avoid sin:

  • One truth you must realize, or you'll never drive sin from your soul
  • Two reasons why God forgives sin, but still punishes the sinner
  • Three characteristics of the truly forgiven sinner: do you have them?
  • Your past sins: startling ways they can help you love God more today
  • True repentance and its counterfeits: three ways to find the genuine article
  • How to tell whether you're sorry for your sins even if you don't feel sorry
  • The embarrassment of going to Confession how it can actually help you imitate Christ!
  • The heavy price of your sins: no, you probably don't realize it, and yes, it's worse than you think
  • Why hating sin does not mean hating the sinner
  • Why true saints will always consider themselves sinners
  • Sorrow for sin: how it deepens your compassion for others
  • How to take advantage of Lent each year to overcome your sins
  • And much more that will help you get more spiritual fruit out of Confession than you may even have thought was possible!
  • "It is a great thing to make a good confession, and this is a good book about how to do it."
    Fr. George William Rutler

    "This magnificent handbook helps you deepen your repentance and make it lasting. Don't go to Confession without it!"
    Patrick Madrid

    "Teaches us not only how to go to Confession, but also how to stir up sentiments of repentance and purpose of amendment that are necessary to receive the sacrament fruitfully. Worth reading again and again."
    Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

    "Can help a person get into the salutary habit of a regular celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation."
    Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.

    "A marvelous book. Can provide spiritual nourishment throughout the whole process of repentance, confession, and spiritual growth."
    Fr. Mitchell Pacwa, S.J.

    "A welcome blessing. It offers a fine examination of conscience, ideally presented to meet today's needs."
    Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.

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