Emily Pellarin

“It’s Been Years Since I’ve Been to Confession!”

I hear that all the time. As a missionary with Life Teen, I am blessed to be on retreat almost every weekend. No matter what type of retreat I go on, one of the most powerful moments of every weekend is watching people who have not be to confession in years finally go.

Just last week, I met a girl who told me it had been years since she had been to the sacrament. She told me how nervous she was, how she didn’t remember what to say. With a little encouragement, she slowly walked up to a priest and went to reconciliation. And she walked back to me after absolution with a huge smile on here face! She said she felt like a weight had been lifted off her shoulders and I could see there was a joy in her that hadn’t been there before confession.

Seeing people have beautiful experiences like this with confession every week brings me so much joy but also breaks my heart. God offers us so much forgiveness, healing, and peace in the sacrament and so many people (myself included) wait until a retreat to accept it. I am here to tell you today:


It is available at your parish every week! God wants to transform and change your life through this sacrament all the time, not just on a retreat.

We are in Lent right now. Lent is a time when we are to draw even closer to the Lord’s heart, to offer our brokenness and failings to Him and to strive to love Him better…sound’s like a perfect time to go to confession!

So if you have been putting off going to Confession, waiting for a retreat or just a personal invitation, consider this your invitation!

I challenge you to find out when it is offered at your Church and GO! Even if it means getting to Mass earlier than you are used to or waking up early on a Saturday or even going to a Lenten reconciliation service.

I believe in you. You can do it. God wants to forgive you.

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Emily Pellarin

About the Author

I have a nose ring, green beans are my favorite vegetable, and I wear mismatched socks for fun. Sneaking into to old churches is a hobby of mine. After serving all over the country, God let me come back to be a missionary in my hometown of St. Louis. I have the privilege of living in Ferguson and loving the teens there is my job. I couldn't love it more. I would love to pray for any intentions you may have. Just email me at [email protected] or tweet at me @LT_EmPell. P.S. God loves you. A lot.