Faith and Prayer

Admitting My Sins

The Sacrament of Reconciliation lies in wait for us Catholics. In many parishes, the lines at the confessional are short. A parish with 2500 families generally schedules one hour a week for confessions, additional options available “by appointment.”

We know it is good to go, but we don’t go. It is hard to make sure our children will go if we don’t. Here are two honest reasons I had for not going, and what helped me change both my “confession” attitude and my habit, which helped our family realize the gift of this sacrament and its healing grace.

For one thing, it was hard to admit my shortcomings. I had a tough time fessing up to a priest. It was hard to admit my sins, especially the big ones and those old ones I had carried forever. Too embarrassed to admit them, I ALWAYS tacked on this phrase at the end…

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About the Author

Beth Davis

Beth has ministered to teens and those who love them for many years. After earning both her BS and MS degrees from Indiana University, she worked as a high school English teacher and later as the first youth minister in her home parish, St. Mary in Hudson, Ohio. There, she helped launch Life Teen, now in its 23rd year at St. Mary. Eventually, she traveled all over the country training youth ministers in the Life Teen model for youth ministry and still serves on their national Board of Directors. She is currently the Director of Campus Ministry at Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin School in Chardon, Ohio. She and her husband Deacon Kent have four grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and, as of April, one grandchild.