Penance: Penance helps to conquer sinful habits and builds generosity, humility and patience. Are you able to confess your sins? Are you able to get in touch with your shame? Are you able to acknowledge your sinfulness before the Lord? These are key questions for you to consider for improving yourself and building an honest relationship with the Lord. One part of penance is to accept the little and big crosses that come your way, to offer your own suffering in reparation for your sins. The other part of penance relates to forming a detachment from the things of the world allowing you to give up these things as penance for your sins. That’s why the Church has tools like fasting, alms giving and prayer. These things generate concern for the poor.