Penance & Reconciliation

by David B. Valdivia


Click here to read more about the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in the Sacrament and Liturgy Policies Updated 12/3/2021

Read more about the Sacrament of Penance in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.


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.

Below are movie suggestions on FORMED that pertain to Baptisms




Below are suggestions on Catholic Market that pertain to Baptisms

Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession

Perdonado: El Poder transformador de la Confesión



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