Post # 1
Yeah, so my boss sends me this link that is suppose to be funny, I guess. He knows I’m catholic. It’s an iphone app for confessions. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/confession-a-roman-catholic/id416019676?mt=8
I just can’t believe there is now an app for it.
Yeah, so I don’t go that often. Made me think how often everyone else goes.
Post # 3
I never go, and if I’m being really honest I don’t actually feed that bad about it.
Post # 4
Catholics have one of the lowest rates of suicide of any religion and researchers speculate it may be because we have Confession! A built in system for honestly examining our failings, coming to terms with them, admitting them, and being forgiven. Priests were the first therapists. Except the therapy is free, haha.
Inablity to process guilt is big contributor to mental illness, and in spite of the stereotypes Catholicism is really a great system for dealing with guilt. Which we all have, if we have a conscience of any kind 🙂
ETA: I go every few months or so. About as often as I change my oil…. if figure if I treat my car that well I might as well do the same for my inner life.
Post # 5
Catholics are required to go once per year at least.
Post # 6
My FI and I go about once a month.
Post # 7
@CatholicBee: I’ve never heard that. I know you’re supposed to go if you’ve committed a mortal sin. Other than that, I’ve never heard of a “required” frequency. I’m curious where you heard that.
Post # 8
@Ms. Figales: Canon 989 prescribes that “All the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.” Usually parishes will provide penance services of some sort each year during Lent for those who don’t receive the sacrament regularly. Even if you’ve avoided mortal sin, §2 of Canon 988 recommends confession of venial sins as well.
Post # 9
I’m a once a year kind of girl. I really should go more often because I feel sooo much better afterwards, but I always feel awkward and so I procrastinate and only go usually during Lent or Advent.
PS – Anyone else always go to a random parish? I NEVER have gone to my own church. My husband and I both know our priest pretty well and I just can’t bring myself to to go him.
Post # 10
Im not catholic, but Ive attended catholic church for a large portion of my life singing in a pro choir. I guess I never understood confession, why do you have to confess to a priest when you can pray directly to the source and get things off your chest that way? Can anyone shed some light on that for me?
Post # 11
@Arancia: See Leviticus 5:5; Luke 10:16. Matt 18:18, and John 20:23
Also, the background for it can be found here
Post # 12
I’m Catholic and think going to confession is a little ridiculous. I’m not trying to start anything here but I personally believe that the good Lord can hear you anywhere, not just in a confessional box. I confess my sins each and every night to the higher power when I say my prayers.
Post # 13
I’m a really bad Catholic. I don’t remember the last time I went to confession. It was while I was still in school. I think I’m a little too scared now. I know theres proper protocol and I don’t want to mess up!
Post # 14
@MrsPinkPeony: Well, there’s a app for that 🙂
No, seriously though, it’s designed for Catholics with your problem! 🙂
Post # 15
I go somewhat regularly (once or twice a month). I find it’s kinda therapuetic, and my priest has definitely helped me work through some issues I have a lot of guilt about. It’s like free, one-on-one counseling, lol. My husband hardly ever goes, though.
Post # 16
@KLP2010: hahaha! I think I’d feel more guilty having to USE that! IDK maybe worth the 1.99? 🙂