Read more about the Sacrament of Penance in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Hear more about the Sacrament: Penance and Reconciliation (video link)
Penance & Reconciliation
Reconciliation is more than going to church and confessing sins to a priest. It is an ongoing process, a life long journey of recognizing when we have not loved as we should, when we have not followed Jesus’ way expressed in the Gospels. Then, it involves the desire to change, experience conversion and live the Gospel by loving others as Jesus did. After recognizing that we have sinned and desiring to change, then we go forth and celebrate in Church with a faith community of sinners, that God loves each us. Catholics confess to God our sins through the priest so that we hear the words of forgiveness. “I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” We receive the grace of God, with fellow believers, giving us strength to love as God loves and sin no more. Do we sin again? Of course, but each time we go through the process of recognizing our short comings, celebrating God’s love for us despite ourselves and celebrating it with other believers, we come closer to loving as God loves.