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    I’m a sophomore in high school right now, and I’ve just recently begun to be more active in the Catholic Faith. A few nights ago, I was on this website reading about mortal sin, and at the time I was relatively unaware of the importance of confession. I spoke to my mom about it the other day, and she says that I’m getting too extreme, and that people my age have no reason to think that they’ve committed mortal sin. Is she right, or is confession necessary no matter what my age is?


    Phil, most people have a knowledge of right and wrong from a very, very early age. In fact, many parishes in the United States have 2nd graders (approx. 7 years old) do first confession before they receive their First Communion. I do not think you are too young at all.

    I think the younger you get into the habit the better. At my parish we do Confirmation in 10th grade and there are many young persons who find it to be a great experience. I think you are more than old enough to recognize what is a sin and what isn’t. If you feel the need to go to confession then please make arrangements to go. <img decoding=” title=”Smile” />


    You most certainly are NOT too young for it.

    I took my first confession in 2nd grade.

    Not only mortal sins are confessible. If you have ANY sins, you should confess them. Also, confession gives you graces, lets you talk with someone ( a priest at that!) about how to avoid sin in the future, plus you get more comfortable the more you do it, so start NOW!


    Boy, I thank God every night for confession. I didn’t get to confess to a priest until I was 21. It makes a huge difference then doing it in my own personal space. It’s a wonderful experience Phil and you are deffinately not too young. As Jon said make arrangements to go to confession.



    After confession, I always feel that there is a big weight lifted off my back. I hope you have the same experience!


    Hiya Phil,

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
    [color=green:1f699a73]1457 According to the Church’s command, “after having attained the age of discretion, each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.” Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep contrition, without having first received sacramental absolution, unless he has a grave reason for receiving Communion and there is no possibility of going to confession. Children must go to the sacrament of Penance before receiving Holy Communion for the first time.[/color:1f699a73]

    Have you made your first Communion and Confession yet?

    Remember, keep going to Mass! The Eucharist will help prevent future mortal sins!



    Thanks for the advice everyone!

    I went earlier today, it feels great having done it.

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