Jesus entrusted the ministry of reconciliation to the Church. The Sacrament of Penance is God's gift to us so that any sin committed after Baptism can be forgiven. In confession we have the opportunity to repent and recover the grace of friendship with God. It is a holy moment in which we place ourselves in his presence and honestly acknowledge our sins, especially mortal sins. With absolution, we are reconciled to God and the Church. The Sacrament helps us stay close to the truth that we cannot live without God. "In him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Sacramental Reconciliation frees us from our sins and further challenges us to have the same kind of compassion and forgiveness for those who sin against us. Through this sacrament, Christ invites you to turn away from sin and obtain a new insight into the words of the Prayer of St. Francis: "It is in pardoning that we are pardoned."
If it has been a while since your last confession, remember, “Do not fear” (Is 41:10). The priest will help guide you. And feel free to download and take this USCCB How-to-Guide with you!
“He said to him, ‘My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’” (Lk 15: 31-32)
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