Penance & Reconciliation
Penance (Or Reconciliation):
The forgiveness of sins committed after Baptism is conferred by a particular sacrament called the sacrament of conversion, confession, penance, or reconciliation. One who desires to obtain reconciliation with God and with the Church, must confess to a priest all the unconfessed grave sins he remembers after having carefully examined his conscience. The confession of venial faults, without being necessary in itself, is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church.
The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:
- reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
- reconciliation with the Church;
- remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
- remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
- peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
- an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle.
Where is the Sacrament of Penance in Scripture?
Matthew 9:8, Luke 5:24, John 20:21-23, 2 Corinthians 5:18 and many more!
Has it been a long time or do you need help preparing yourself for the Sacrament of Penance (also referred to as confession or Reconciliation)? Know that God’s Mercy and Love are always available to you! We should always examine our conscience and pray for God’s guidance before Penance so we’re prepared to make a truly penitential confession.