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What faults should we avoid when confessing sins?

 

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According to the Baltimore Catechism...

Q. What faults are to be avoided in making our confession?

A. In making our confession, we are to avoid: (1) Telling useless details, the sins of others, or the name of any person; (2) Confessing sins that we are not sure of having committed; exaggerating our sins or their number; multiplying the number of times a day by the number of days to get the exact number of habitual sins; (3) Giving a vague answer, such as "sometimes", when asked how often, waiting after each sin to be asked for the next; (4) Hesitating over sins through pretended modesty and thus delaying the priests and others; telling the exact words in each when we have committed several sins of the same kind, cursing, for example; and, lastly, leaving the confessional before the priest gives us a sign to go.

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