The Sacrament of Penance, also known as Reconciliation or Confession, is for spiritual healing.
Though essentially good, we are also sinners. No one can say that she or he has no sins; that is why we must pray with the Lord’s Prayer and say: “forgive us our sins.”
Search your Bible and read:
“If we say, “we are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say, “we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”” (1 John 1:8-10)
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, peace be with you.” When he had said, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20:19-23)
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
It is not expected from a disciple of Jesus to lie, cheat, hate, steal, having immoral or unethical behaviors, take advantage of the vulnerability of others, being unfair, being rude, and discriminating others by reason of their belief, race, language, culture or any other reason. These are some among many others behaviors, which are sinful because they show a great disrespect for God’s commandments and deny Jesus’ message.
God’s mercy is the remedy for our sins.
The bishop or priest can help you to get reconciled with God, the Church (community of believers) and yourself.
Telling sins to a priest is not as scary as people think, because the priest has a shepherd’s heart. His mission is to bring God’s healing to people.
Act of Contrition:
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.
When the priest offers us absolution for our sins, he extends his right hand and says:
God, the Father of mercies
through the death and resurrection of his Son
has reconciled the world to himself
and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins;
through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, +
and of the Holy Spirit. R/. Amen.
For your consideration:
If you feel that you need to go to confession, call the parish office and ask for the time of confessions; you may also make an appointment with the priest. The priest will be happy to help you reconcile with God, the Church and yourself.
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