Three Questions About Confession



I have three questions about confession:

Explain how one confesses one’s sins? (circumstances, name, number)
Repentance is an act of what power of the soul?
Define nature and supernatural sorrow?

Thank you!!


One is obliged to confess all mortal sins in number and kind (and if something changes the kind --like it was your Mother you murdered…).

Venial sins need not be confessed -but it is very good to confess at least some. And they can be confessed in more general ways and without number.

The Priest does not need “too much detail”…



1451 Among the penitent’s acts contrition occupies first place. Contrition is "sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again."50

1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.51

1453 The contrition called “imperfect” (or “attrition”) is also a gift of God, a prompting of the Holy Spirit. It is born of the consideration of sin’s ugliness or the fear of eternal damnation and the other penalties threatening the sinner (contrition of fear). Such a stirring of conscience can initiate an interior process which, under the prompting of grace, will be brought to completion by sacramental absolution. By itself however, imperfect contrition cannot obtain the forgiveness of grave sins, but it disposes one to obtain forgiveness in the sacrament of Penance.52

Note well -such may involve some “feeling” but such is not per se necessary. It is more a matter of grace and the will.

Also note that the resolution is different in terms of mortal sin (one is to yes resolve against all mortal sin) than venial sin (one can for example resolve to work on the particular venial sin – to make them fewer–to be better).


Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for!
God Bless you! :thumbsup:


I added. see above.




And by kind - it is not meaning “general” kind but specific.

“I hurt someone” would not get to what it was if one murdered someone…one need in some way to say it was murder. Without all the unnecessary details.


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