According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, each faithful, after having attained the age of discretion, is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.” (CCC 1457). Is that all? Scripture says “the just man falls seven times (a day)” (Prov. 24:16). An honest self-examination will reveal that we fall and sin several times (a day). Going to Confession only once a year is not enough. How often then? Here’s a short explanation. Be sure to listen carefully to the end of the video.
Indeed, if we sincerely and honestly look within and examine ourselves carefully before the presence of God, we will see how much we need God’s forgiveness, how much we need to cleanse our hearts and put our lives in order, even every day. The Sacrament of Confession is there to help us in this regard. Below is a Talk by Dr. John Bergsma about Confession. It is very enlightening and encouraging. Let us approach this Sacrament with confidence and trust in God’s mercy. If we want to grow in our spiritual life and to deepen our relationship with our Lord, going to confession frequently is advisable. (Click here to read and download the steps in making a good confession).
But you might say, it is not so possible during this corona crisis. How can we go to confession if there is no priest at hand? Many Churches are not allowing confession during a lockdown.
We have posted a blog about this before this post, but we are inserting Fr. Tim Sahd’s video again. You’ll find his answer to your question here. God bless you and may His peace and mercy be with you.