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S1 E6: Why Should I Go to Confession?

Beautifully Told Series 1 Episode 6

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About This Episode

As Lent approaches and we reflect upon how Jesus died for our sins, it is a perfect time to go to Confession. Many of us are afraid of Confession, however, and we might ask why we even need to go in the first place. In this episode, we share our own experiences with the sacrament, reveal our own fears, and explore the beauty of Confession.


“Do not be afraid of confession! When one is in line to go to confession, one feels all these things, even shame, but then when one finishes confession one leaves free, grand, beautiful, forgiven, candid, happy. This is the beauty of confession… Go, the priest will be good. Jesus is there, and Jesus is more benevolent than priests, Jesus receives you, he receives you with so much love. Be courageous and go to confession!” (Pope Francis – The Beauty of Confession With Pope Francis)

Final Thought – Luke 15:20-24:

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

Questions for Reflection

  1. When is the last time you went to Confession?
  2. Does going to Confession scare you? Why or why not?
  3. Do you feel remorseful when you bring your sins to God in Confession?
  4. How can you change your habits to stop committing regular, habitual sins?

Books Mentioned in This Episode

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