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Becoming a New SelfPractices of Belief in Early Modern Catholicism$
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Moshe Sluhovsky

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226472850

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226473048.001.0001

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General Confession

General Confession

(p.96) Chapter Four General Confession
Becoming a New Self

Moshe Sluhovsky

University of Chicago Press

General confession was a practice of recalling, ordering, and telling one's entire life to a spiritual director. Unlike sacramental confession, general confession was not a sacrament and it could be reported to a mother superior as well as to a priest. In promoting general confession, religious orders in late medieval and early modern Europe enhanced techniques of life-telling and life-writing among believers. These believers were almost always people of the church. The practice later became obligatory among some religious orders, and was included in Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises. Following him, it became a standard technique of making sense of one's life.

Keywords:   penance, confession, Franciscan Order, Sacrament of Penance, introspection, Spiritual Exercises

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