10 Reasons You Might Need to Go to Confession

1. Missed Mass without a valid reason

Completely forgot? or maybe you just decided you wouldn’t go. If you were not seriously ill or in a situation where it is impossible (vacation is not a good reason), you need confession. Bookmark now, and ensure you never miss Mass again.

2. Having sex outside of marriage, to include masturbation

Probably you have not committed adultery and hopefully never will, but many men and women, too, are susceptible to masturbation. This does include the mutual masturbation of men completing orgasms during oral sex because it does not end in openness to life.

3. Watching pornography

A vile sin, if you’ve even peeked, you need to get to confession instantly. If you’re struggling, please visit The Porn Effect.

4. Haven’t been to confession in a year

Actually, not going to confession is reason to go to confession. The Church rules that we must confess and receive absolution at least once per year.

5. Lust after someone

Lust is evil, period. If you’ve even remotely thought lustfully for a woman, most especially if you’re married, you’ve committed a grievous sin. Be courageous, and get to confession.

6. Use artificial birth control 

This includes. condoms, pills, patches, IUD’s, etc. It also involves all forms of artificial insemination. If you’re recently using and planning to use.Go for confession.

7. Sponsor or help in any way with an abortion or any destruction of an embryo

Another horrible sin, and a serious need for the graces and healing that the Sacrament of Reconciliation gives. If you’re  in anyway involved in the abortion industry, visit And Then There Were None right now.

8. You’ve committed murder

Ok, you’ve not committed murder. If you did you have to go for confession right now.

9. Hate/Anger

Number 8 was probably a long shot, but perhaps there is someone you have wished was in pain, wished was dead, or had seriously hateful anger towards. It might be someone like your teacher or boss, or might be someone as close as your child, parent, or spouse. You need healing and you need to work this out through proper penance and forgiveness. Get to confession immediately.

10. Gossip about someone

Actually, gossip is a very serious sin. It includes libel, slander, and the denigration of another person’s reputation. Even if it is a true rumor, you’re gossiping. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you have private details that can destroy a person’s reputation in any way, and you’re not part of a solution, you shouldn’t talk about it with anyone. If you have gossiped, get to confession.


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