If you have to ask ....

I sometimes lurk on Catholic Answers forums while feeding my five-month-old. A question with endless (yet remarkably similar) variations that comes up constantly there is "Do I still have to go to Confession if (I'm really sorry, I did an extra penance, I did an Act of Contrition, I already took Communion anyway, the legal statute of limitations has expired, it's Tuesday, etc., etc., etc.)?"

I'm going to make this really easy: If in doubt, GO TO CONFESSION. Whether you "have to" or not. It will make you feel better, and more importantly, it will literally cleanse your soul. The goal should not be avoiding the Confessional at all costs .... the goal should be the squeaky clean soul, bathed in grace and working at peak competency.

Don't try and avoid it. There's nothing you can say that the Priest hasn't heard before, and God already knows you did it, so you don't need to pretend you're hiding from Him, either. Remember Jonah and the Big Fish? How did hiding from God work out for that guy? Yeah, I thought so.

If you're asking yourself (or worse, OTHER PEOPLE!) if it's absolutely necessary for you to go confess whatever you did, then it's a safe bet you'd be helped by the Sacrament, whether strictly required or not. So get thee to a Priest, confess your sin, bask in God's forgiveness and grace, and move on with your life! It has to be better than agonizing over whether or not to go and asking random people on an internet discussion forum whether your sin was evil enough to damn you to hell.

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Blogger Aliadelaide said...

This is very good! Do you mind if I print it out and give it to my teens...and keep it by my bed; guess we all need reminders!

8/20/2008 05:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

"Catholic Answers" is packed with heresy and heretics.

There is no forgiveness of sins outside of the Catholic Church.

When the Vatican-2 heretic cult took over our formerly Catholic properties, God had allowed sacramental confession to be taken away as a punishment.

The Council of Trent informs us in Sources of Dogma what we are supposed to do when sacramental confession is not available.

I placed this Dogma on Section 10.2 of Immaculata-one.com.

Source of Dogma that there is no forgiveness of sins outside of the Catholic Church (in the Vatican-2 cult, the "lutheran" heresy, "methodist" heresy, etc. :

Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, 18 Nov 1302 -- Ex-Cathedra Dogma >
"With Faith urging us we are forced to believe and to hold the one, holy, Catholic Church and that, apostolic, and we firmly believe and simply confess this Church outside of which there is no salvation nor remission of sin."

10/29/2010 08:16:00 PM  

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