A Practical Examination of Conscience

Power Conferred by Christ on the Apostles:

by Fr. Larry Tan, SDB

Penance (Confession, Reconciliation) is the Sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven through the absolution of the priest. It was instituted by Christ when He said to the Apostles (and their successors, the bishops, who in turn are helped by their priests): "Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained," (John 20:33). The Apostle and the Evangelist St. John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, writes: "If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity." (1 John 1:9).

The First Commandment:

The Second Commandment:

The Third Commandment:

The Fourth Commandment:

The Fifth Commandment:

The Sixth Commandment:

The Seventh and Tenth Commandment:

The Eighth Commandment:

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I fear the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because I offended You, my God, who are all good and worthy of all my love. I firmly resolve to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. AMEN.