(Closed) How often do you go to confession?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
  • poll: How often do you go to confession?
    I go regularly : (12 votes)
    19 %
    I don't remember the last time I went. : (28 votes)
    44 %
    I don't go as often as I should : (12 votes)
    19 %
    What's confession? : (7 votes)
    11 %
    Other : (4 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I never go, and if I’m being really honest I don’t actually feed that bad about it.

    Post # 4
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    1310 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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
    Member
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    Catholics are required to go once per year at least.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    My Fiance and I go about once a month.

    Post # 7
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    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @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
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    229 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @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
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    1556 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
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    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    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 # 12
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    3576 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    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
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    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
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    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @MrsPinkPeony: Well, there’s a app for that ๐Ÿ™‚

     No, seriously though, it’s designed for Catholics with your problem!  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 15
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    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
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    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @KLP2010: hahaha! I think I’d feel more guilty having to USE that! IDK maybe worth the 1.99? ๐Ÿ™‚

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