Wait a second, isn’t it actually Reconciliation?
Why Go At All?
Does that mean I *have* to go?
What about venial and mortal sins?
Back to why you go at all: stating your sins and shortcomings is cathartic.
Jesus told us to go.
Speaking of which, why a priest?
Getting to the confessional.
What’s that screen thing about?
Isn’t talking face-to-face weird?
Bless me Father, for I have sinned. FALSE.
We begin with the Sign of the Cross.
Then, how long it’s been since your last Confession.
How often should you go, anyway?
When do people start going?
How often do people actually go?
It's all over the board! There are people who go every week, or more times per week, once per month, twice a year, or never, really. There are plenty of Catholics who haven't been to Confession since they were kids, when they were preparing for their First Communion or Confirmation.
Does going more often mean you’re really sinful? And aren’t Catholics supposed to be holy, or something?
Okay, so what about the sins? What do you say?
How long does Confession take?
It depends! If you haven't been in a while, it might take a while to sort out all the things you want to talk about. If you go frequently, it might not be more than 5-10 minutes. There's no set time. It could really be as short as a minute or over an hour!
Can you use euphemisms?
Is it scary to say your sins?
What if you can’t remember all your sins?
What happens when you’re done saying your sins?
So it IS all about sins!
Do the priests remember the sins?
Isn’t he judging you?
Can he tell anyone your sins?
What about really bad stuff, like murder?
So a person can be forgiven of murder?!
Well, yeah. Jesus forgave his murderers. John Paul II forgave his would-be assassin. And as hard as it is to do in reality, remember this: if God's forgiveness is good enough for him, why isn't it good enough for you?