Staying close to God by means of Confession
When was the last time that you went to Confession? How often do you go to Confession? I suggest that faithful Catholics go to confession at least once a month; every two weeks would be even better. But I know that the vast majority of persons who call themselves Catholic, including Mass-going Catholics, do not go to Confession. How do I know? First, I go to Confession on Saturdays, and I see how short the line is for Confession. Second, I did the math.
One of the main causes of the great apostasy is the loss of the sense of sin among Catholics, which then leads to a lack of reception of the Sacrament of Forgiveness. How will you repent and confess your sins, if you think there is no such thing as sin? And you can’t be forgiven, if you do not repent. Very many Catholics will fall away from the Church because they do not examine their consciences and repent of their sins and receive forgiveness from God in Confession.
Go to Confession regularly. Do a sincere and thorough examination of conscience before each Confession. Do penances every day for the harm done by your sins. This practice will be of great help in preventing you from falling away from the Church during the great apostasy.
Oh, and make certain that you confess all of your sexual sins, including abortion, abortifacient contraception, contraception, masturbation, pornography, pre-marital or extra-marital sex, and any unnatural sexual acts at any time, even within marriage. I know what this modern-day culture is like, in which we all live; sexual sins are widely approved and heavily promoted. As a result, sexual sins have prevailed among very many Catholics, by the influence of sinful secular society. If you wish to remain close to Jesus Christ, you must repent of all these sins.