Why Confess My Sins to a Priest?

If you’ve ever been in a conversation where you had to defend the Catholic Faith, people have probably asked you this question. It can be a tough one to answer, but Fr. Mike lays out many reasons why confessing our sins to a priest makes perfect sense. Confession isn’t a man-made tradition of the Church but rather a valuable gift given by God and rooted in Scripture.

Fr. Mike is also a presenter in these faith formation programs from Ascension:

Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God
Chosen: This is Your Catholic Faith
Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed
YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body

Get 18 of Fr. Mike’s best Ascension Presents videos in this exclusive DVD from Ascension: Ascension Presents … Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike spoke at the Ascension Cafe during the World Meeting of Families. Watch him and other speakers get fired up about the gospel in the Ascension Cafe DVD.


Ascension Press main website
Ascension Presents website
Ascension Blog



Share on social media:

  • JBMV

    Outstanding talk on why confession!
    Another big obstacle is knowing or not knowing, one’s sins.
    Thank you for this video. I’m going to share this with others.

  • Janet

    Fr mike, i have a question. Ive been married for 40 years, raised good catholic kids etc; BUT my marriage was never blessed or convalidated. Why has a sacrament that i received ( reconciliation) been stripped from me. Can the church take a sacrament back? I realize it seems like an easy fix but for me its not although i would love to be able to receive Jesus in the eucharist. My parish priest doesn’t seem aproachable either. Any reply is appreciated. Kind regards, janet

  • Texas Mike

    Thank you Fr. Mike, very good talk today! I have heard and have done so many times, if you ask a priest the most rewarding part of their work, it is confession. I can believe that. As a child confession was a bit strange but only because I didn’t understand the power of true forgiveness. As an adult, this sacrament is hugely powerful! When I do a true examination of consciousness and confess my sins, I truly feel the grace of God flowing through the priest to me. I marvel at the wisdom and mercy flowing and many times am reduced to tears – POWERFUL!!! Please give it a try.