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Preparing for the Sacrament
Before receiving the Sacrament, one should perform an examination of conscience in order to make a more complete Confession of sins.
An examination of conscience is the means by which one prepares for the Sacrament of Reconciliation by reflecting on times he or she has sinned against God or others. To aid this process, one can use the Ten Commandments, the Sermon on the Mount, Catholic moral or social teaching, or some other means to guide reflection. Outside of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an examination of conscience can be used daily as a means of keeping track of our spiritual lives and highlighting those areas where we need to improve. When we find that certain sins or often repeated, we should attempt to find ways to cultivate positive behaviors and habits that will counter those sins.
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