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Making a better Confession

To make better confessions begins with greater faith, hope and love: faith in God’s working through the sacrament he established on Easter Sunday evening (John 20:19-23), as well as faith that God can give us his mercy through the same instruments through whom he gives us his Body and Blood; hope that helps us to trust in God’s promise to grant us his mercy and a fresh start if we turn to him; and love for God that makes us regret how we have injured our relationship with him, as well as love for others that leads us to ask for God’s help to repair the damage that — by our thoughts, words, deeds and omissions — we have inflicted.