Reconciliation (or Confession or Penance) is the
sacrament by which we, repenting and confessing
our sins, are forgiven by God and absolved through the
ministry of a priest. Sin causes a rift in our relationship
with God and with one another.
Reconciliation helps us experience God’s mercy and love. It
sets us free from fear, guilt and shame. It gives us healing
and peace in our heart and our conscience.
Jesus entrusted this sacrament to the church when he said
to his apostles, Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the
sins of any, they are forgiven. (John 20:22)
Regular celebration of this sacrament also helps us to grow
in grace and virtue.