The reality of mortal sin and hell


I watched a video on YouTube about the reality of hell. It really got me thinking. Even if any stain of mortal sin not confessed and say for example I were to die I would never see God! Confession is the forgotten sacrament but I think it’s time we all changed that! Our souls are to important.


AMEN to that my friend,
God Bless you



I can’t see the link… Was this the one by Fr. Chad Ripperger? That was an excellent video.


I went at Easter after many decades of not - it was very cathartic - planning on my next one end of this month. My priest said 4 times a year is good!


Yeah, if you don’t go to confession, listening to Father Chad will do it for you… :smiley:


Something is not right about the “Sensus Fidelium” videos on YouTube. They seem like SSPV or FSSP or something like that.


Doesn’t make them wrong in this instance. Confession is probably the most important sacrament we have at our disposal. The Eucharist may be the summit of the faith, but without confession we would pretty much all be doomed. We should all try to take advantage of it more often.


Not sure it is the forgotten sacrament.

My thirteen-year-old son asked to go last Friday, so we went to the usual Saturday afternoon confessions at a parish near us. We arrived five minutes early and there were already 14 people in line ahead of us!

By the time I was first in line, there were a dozen people behind me!

And this parish is considered the “liberal” parish in the area. The sermons there are more likely to talk about secular leaders of social justice causes than Catholic Saints who served the poor. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a single homily that addressed ANY of the sacraments.

Yet in the 40 minutes we were there, the line was never shorter than a dozen people, and there was still 45 minutes to go, thanks be to God! :extrahappy: The age range was teens, young adults, seniors, middle-aged… every group!

Meanwhile, across town, at our regular (more conservative) parish, the lines for confession are astounding – a couple dozen when confession time starts on Saturday. And even at weekday confessions (before daily mass), there are usually half a dozen people in line for the sacrament.

There are, of course, people who never avail themselves of the sacrament, and we must reach out to them in love. But at least in this archdiocese, the sacrament is alive and well and used by many, many Catholics – thanks be to God!


“if our conscious condemns us, God is greater than our conscience and knows all things”

I think we do our best to be close to God through the sacraments, rosary, reconciliation, etc. But remember we may not remember every little detail in our lives where we have sinned. We should not be scrupulous but Trust in Jesus. Do our best and God will do the rest. Just examine the conscience. If there is something between you and God then tell Him in confession. But I think if something didnt appear in our conscience God knows all things and I don’t see Him just looking for a reason to throw us in hell quite the opposite.


I believe Hell is real and we should all go to confess our sins to the priest. And remember that one little line at the end of the confession, at the contrition for sins… “for these and all the sins of my past life I’m truly sorry and will try hard never to sin again.”

If we can’t remember exactly what we did, we have it covered. Then if you remember it–you can take it to the priest and the confessional. Just MHO, though!


This is not the teaching of the Church. The Church teaches that unrepentant mortal sin puts one in danger of hell, not any “stain…not confessed.” If that were the case, then a person who dies on the way to confession doesn’t have a chance. Salvation and mercy are not tied to legalism. No one can judge the efficaciousness of conversion of heart.


Hell is only real in relation to the goodness of God. Hell is a void or lack in the good. All of morality and such things as consequences only make sense in relation to the good.

I don’t “believe in” hell, I believe in Jesus Christ. To have faith means to give your whole life to the highest good, in fact to the very good himself, which is God. I don’t give my whole life to the idea of hell and avoiding it. Christianity is not a life of avoidance.

I participate in the sacrament of confession to be reconciled to God and experience his goodness, not merely to avoid hell (although that is also an imperfect motivation).


Everytime I fall into mortal sin it causes a intense guilt and depression that ruins my life

But I feel guilty if I try to ignore the guilt so I don’t get depressed

I’m in a complex annoying situation regarding annoying parents and confession

Thinking of how many mortal sins I’ve committed because of my addiction to porn tears at me and frankly if suicide were not a sin at many times I believe I would’ve ran away gone to confession and done it.

Thankfully I have friends and I’m fighting my worries about what others think

But to those who rarely mortal sin don’t take it lightly

I’m only 16 and it’s already ruined my life


Step back and put things in perspective. There is no such thing as a ruined life. I’ve struggled with lust my whole life, and I’m now 56. The greatest evil is not that we fail, it’s that we reject God’s mercy. We fail, we are all sinners.
Each of us is also the beloved child of God, and he is always walking with you, even when you sin.



It hasn’t ruined your life, my dear. It is making your life more difficult at present – and I PROMISE you, it will not always be this way!

When I get caught up in worry about my mortal sins (and yes, even at the ripe old age of 49, I still commit sins of a grave nature), I remind myself to focus on Christ, not on poor me and my guilt. “You, Lord.” This is the prayer I say as I sit before the tabernacle, or as I sit quietly at home.

“You, Lord.” It helps to reset my thinking back to Him, which is where my thoughts need to be. If they had been on Him earlier, I wouldn’t have committed serious sins. :o

Be at peace, dear one.

Keep fighting the good fight. And keep your thoughts on Christ and His love and** His** desire for your eternal salvation! :heart:

God bless you!


I too went back to Confession in early 2016 after many decades of not having gone. The main reason I didn’t go all those years was social anxiety and scruples issues from experiences I had going when I was younger. Also, let’s be honest, I’d probably committed some sins I didn’t want to talk about. I decided to try again for the Year of Mercy.

Since then I’ve been going about once a month because I was trying to earn plenary indulgences for souls in purgatory going through the holy doors and then when the Year of Mercy ended, I found out you could still earn the plenaries saying the rosary in a church if you fulfill the other elements (Communion, Confession within a couple of weeks, and prayer for the Holy Father). Confession’s a necessary element for trying to get the plenary rather than a partial. Plus, I am now doing the Five First Saturdays so you need to go to confession within 8 days of the Saturday, and there is also a plenary for Divine Mercy Sunday that requires a confession.

Sometimes I have a lot to confess and sometimes not so much but my mother always said it was good to go frequently because you get grace, and the Pope went often (maybe every day?) I am heartened by the fact that the line always seems quite long when I go. A little disheartened by the fact that there are not many times for it during the week (usually just one hour on one or two days) and while I could make an appointment, I’m too self-conscious to do that unless I had just committed some big mortal sin which I hope I have not.

Just mentioning this in case you wanted to start going more often to try to get plenary indulgences to give to souls or even your deceased relatives, since I know you are also a Prayer warrior and pray a lot.


The priest on that channel are from the FSSP or diocesan. Both are in good standing, and nothing out of line with church teaching


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