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Desiring Diana wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a young Catholic teen that used to masturbate. I stopped about a year ago and today, out of pure temptation I did it again. I realize how serious it could be and I've prayed multiple times asking God for forgiveness but I don't know what I can do.

I'm really disappointed in myself for making that decision.

I haven't been to Reconciliation in a long time but I really want to go and get this off I my chest.

  • What else can I do to make God forgive me?

Diana

  { As a young Catholic, besides going to Reconciliation, what else can I do to make God forgive me? }

Eric replied:

Diana,

The Sacrament of Reconciliation assures us of our forgiveness by God and often has a wonderful result of freeing us to feel truly forgiven. If you've been to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and sincerely confessed and received absolution, you are truly and objectively forgiven by God and there is nothing more you can do to make God forgive you (which is kind of a problematic phrase, because we can't make or force God to do anything).

The real question is not whether you are forgiven, but whether you feel forgiven afterward. I usually find that the Sacrament alleviates my feelings and restores a sense of well-being.

My recommendation is to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as possible and see how you feel afterward. If you still struggle with feeling unforgiven, despite the fact that you are forgiven, write us back and we'll see if we can help you.

You can also bring up this concern to the priest you are confessing to and see if he has any advice. It would be an ideal opportunity.

Eric

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