Going to Confession During Lent
In an earlier generation, Catholics went to confession frequently. Now, though, with the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church, this pious practice has fallen off.
That is really unfortunate, because frequent confession can bring you closer to God.
Many of the saints even advocated weekly reception of this Sacrament, in which you are assured of God's forgiveness. Saint Padre Pio would not obey his religious superior, when he was told to not hear people's confessions so often. He said "no" to this order, because he knew he'd be putting people's eternal salvation at risk.
Also, Saint Alphonsus Liguori recommended weekly confession for children.
Going to confession is not frightening or humiliating. Instead, it is very liberating.
If you haven't been to confession in a long time, don't worry about not remembering the words, or what to say. The priest will help you and he will be very happy to hear your confession.
Many parishes increase the times for confession during Lent, as the traditional Saturday afternoon time slot is often not convenient.
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