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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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WordChazer wrote on February 21, 2015, 5:50 PM

Even when I was attending church way more regularly than I do now, I never went to Confession regularly. In the Anglican church it is not such an important part of our service as for the Catholic faith, and when we confess we tend to take solace from reciting the words of Confession together as a congregation. My Catholic freinds would always insist that I went to Confession with them, however, and I was also Confirmed at their request before they allowed me to stand as Godmum to their daughter. I haven't seen her in 10 years though, as they excommunicated me from their family circle shortly after the birth of her sister. Shame, as I always had an idea of being the slightly out there unofficial aunt, who would hear their teenage angst and be able to answer honestly from my own knowledge of life, and maybe give them a view of life as non-Catholics see it, just to broaden their knowledge.

GemstonePink wrote on February 21, 2015, 6:19 PM

I can remember my Catholic childhood friends going to confession. I bet it really is a comfort to many.

GayleStorm wrote on February 21, 2015, 6:24 PM

The only time I remember going to Confession was, I think, around my First Communion. I might've gone to Confession more if it was actually offer regularly.