"The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works."
The Confessioners was formed so that each member would pray for the grace to make good and frequent confessions and also to pray for each other's intentions and that the whole world joins us! All you have to do as a member is pray the daily prayer and do your best to go to confession at least once a month or better.
The Confessioners Prayer
Come Holy Spirit, into my soul. Enlighten my mind that I may know the sins I ought to confess, and grant me your grace to confess them fully, humbly, and with a contrite heart. Help me to firmly resolve not to commit them again. Also give me the grace to make at least once a month confession and to grant all the graces and intentions of the Confessioners and mine and that the whole world joins us. I ask this in the Name of Jesus. Amen
Confession is the soul's bath. You must go at least once a week. I do not want souls to stay away from confession more than a week. Even a clean and unoccupied room gathers dust; return after a week and you will see that it needs dusting again!”~St. Pio
A recommended frequency, based on the teachings of past popes and canon law, is between once a month and once a week. This practice "was introduced into the Church by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit", according to Pius XII.
Pius XII, who went to Confession daily, explained that by frequent Confession:
genuine self-knowledge is increased,
Christian humility grows,
bad habits are corrected,
spiritual neglect and tepidity are resisted,
the conscience is purified,
the will strengthened,
a salutary self-control is attained,
grace is increased in virtue of the sacrament itself.
John Paul II who went to Confession weekly, said:
"It would be an illusion to seek after holiness, according to the vocation one has received from God, without partaking frequently of this sacrament of conversion and reconciliation. Those who go to Confession frequently, and do so with the desire to make progress, will notice the strides that they make in their spiritual lives."
According to Rev. Fr. Sal Ferigle, "For those who sincerely wish to do their best to avail themselves of the opportunity of frequent Confession in order to grow spiritually, frequent Confession will ordinarily be linked to having a fixed confessor. The confessor will be the best qualified person to suggest the frequency suited to the spiritual development and the physical and moral possibilities of the penitent.
Just as an animal becomes a stronger beast of burden and more beautiful to behold the more often and better it is fed, so too confession - the more often it is used and the more carefully it is made as to both lesser and greater sins - conveys the soul increasingly forward and is so pleasing to God that it leads the soul to God's very heart.
--Revelations of St. Bridget
The want of proper examination, true contrition, and a firm purpose of amendment, is the cause of bad confessions, and of the ruin of souls.'
--St. Benedict Joseph Labre
Obedience to a confessor is the most acceptable offering which we can make to God,
and the most secure way of doing the divine will.
--St. Alphonsus Liguori
Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My Heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to confession, immerse yourself in My mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of mercy. Tell souls that from this fount of mercy souls draw graces solely with the vessel of trust. If their trust is great, there is no limit to My generosity. The torrents of grace inundate humble souls. The proud remain always in poverty and misery, because My grace turns away from them to humble souls.
--St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul
Tell souls where they are to look for solace; that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy. There the greatest miracles take place [and] are incessantly repeated. To avail oneself of this miracle, it is not necessary to go on a great pilgrimage or to carry out some external ceremony; it suffices to come with faith to the feet of My representative and to reveal to him one's misery, and the miracle of Divine Mercy will be fully demonstrated. Were a soul like a decaying corpse so that from a human standpoint, there would be no [hope of ] restoration and everything would already be lost, it is not so with God. The miracle of Divine Mercy restores that soul in full. Oh, how miserable are those who do not take advantage of the miracle of God's mercy! You will call out in vain, but it will be too late. (1448)
--St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul
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
"Confession is like a bridle that keeps the soul which reflects on it from committing sin, but anything left unconfessed we continue to do without fear as if in the dark."
--Saint John Climacus
"A soul does not benefit from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery."
From the bottom of my heart, I recommend frequent confession and communion, but both of these sacraments should be received with the proper dispositions, so that progress in virtue can be made each time (Saint John Bosco).
“Go to confession every 15 days or once a month. Never go less than that . . . pray for your confessor and follow his advice,” said Saint John Bosco
“In trying to get rid of bad habits, it is of the greatest importance not to put off going to confession after a fall and also to keep to the same confessor,” said Saint Philip Neri
Obedience. A disobedient soul will win no victory.
Jesus said to Saint Faustina, “By obedience you give great glory to Me and gain merit for yourself. Yes, when you are obedient, I take away your weakness and replace it with My strength. I am very surprised that souls do not want to make that exchange with Me” (ibid.).
Saint Francis de Sales said, “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”
I recommend that you to go to confession often, if you can at least once a month, and meet the God of mercy and obtain pardon. Here is a story about the peace and strength that going to confession can impart to you.
The capture of a slave ship
(Reprinted from The Secret of Confession by Rev. Paul O’Sullivan, with permission)
Some years ago, a British warship had orders to watch for slavers, which were said to be plying their barbarous trade on the African coast (O’Sullivan, 2013). One of these was sighted, but disregarding the signals to come to, managed to round a promontory and get into shallow water. A launch was ordered to follow and, if possible, capture her. The command was given to a young lieutenant, who boarded the enemy ship under a hail of bullets. A desperate fight ensued with the crew, which were composed of fierce desperadoes. The young commander behaved with conspicuous bravery and succeeded against heavy odds in securing the prize. On his return to England, he was rewarded with a captaincy.
Replying to a speech at his old school, he said, “Gentlemen, I scarcely merit the praise you bestow me. Though aware of my danger, I can’t say I felt any fear. I was at confession a few days before and knew that I was alright.”
“Go to confession every week, even if you have nothing serious to confess. It is a pleasing act of humility to God, because it reawakens our remorse for sins already forgiven; it makes us realize how imperfect the small faults of every day make us,” said Saint John Bosco
When we go to confession, we should accuse ourselves of our worst sins first and of those things which we are most ashamed of, because by this means, we put the devil to greater confusion and reap more fruit from our confession . . . One of the very best means of obtaining humility is sincere and frequent confession,” said Saint Philip Neri
“I assure you, my dear boys, that as I write, my hand trembles at the thought of the great number of Christians who go to eternal perdition [damnation] only because they held back or were not completely honest about certain sins in confession,” said Saint John Bosco
“He who conceals a grave sin in confession is completely in the Devil’s hands. Let us always go to confession with sincerity and take this as our rule: Never, out of human respect, to conceal anything from our confessor, however inconsiderable it may be,” said Saint Philip Neri
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The Confessioners Prayer
Come Holy Spirit, into my soul. Enlighten my mind that I may know the sins I ought to confess, and grant me your grace to confess them fully, humbly, and with a contrite heart. Help me to firmly resolve not to commit them again. Also give me the grace to make at least once a month confession and to grant all the graces and intentions of the Confessioners and mine and that the whole world joins us. I ask this in the most Holy Name of Jesus. Amen