3 Reasons You Still Feel Bad After Confession

We know this: when we go to the sacrament of reconciliation with a truly contrite heart and receive absolution, we are forgiven of our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ. So, if you’ve ever left the confessional still feeling bad, you might wonder… “What gives?”

Today, Fr. Mike identifies 3 reasons why we might be experiencing a lingering feeling of guilt after confession, and he gives us a bit of advice to deal with those feelings.

  1. “I’m forgiven, but I still have to deal with the consequences.”
  2. “Someone else knows what I did.”
  3. “I’ve broken God’s heart.”

Finally, Fr. Mike reveals the source of these lingering regrets. The solution is deceptively simple.



Meet Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike Schmitz serves as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and as chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He is a presenter in Ascension’s ChosenAltaration, and The 99 programs, and has a channel on Ascension Presents. He is also the host of the Ascension podcasts The Bible in a Year and The Catechism in a Year.

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