The Sacrament of Penance is the method of the Church by which individual men and women confess sins committed after baptism and have them absolved by God through the administration of a priest. An acknowledgement that one has done something about which one is ashamed or embarrassed.
When celebrating the Sacrament of Confession, we must observe these Four guidelines to reconciliation
1.Contrition: “sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.”
2.The confession: (or disclosure) of sins, even from a simply human point of view, frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with other
3.Absolution: The priest speaks the words by which “God, the Father of Mercies” reconciles a sinner to himself through the merits of the Cross.
4.Satisfaction: An important part of our healing is the “penance” the priest imposes in preparation for our sins.
There are two types of confession: there is the confession of one’s fault and sins to obtain forgiveness. The second is the confession of God’s word over our lives to activate them in our lives.
Our words rule us. Our thoughts determine our words. Our entire life is a product of words that were proclaimed over us or spoken by us. This confession is not just merely saying God’s word but first you have to get the word into your spirit through meditation in order to bring it alive and make it real to you personally.